Are Parasites Swimming in Your Public Pools and Water Parks?

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Every year many cases of Cryptosporidium are reported to state health departments. Over the years several water parks had to temporarily close their pool facilities due to contamination and large outbreaks of Cryptosporidium infections.

Cryptosporidiosis (both the infection and the organism are sometimes referred to as "crypto") is the disease caused by parasites of the genus Cryptosporidium. Infection with these organisms produces gastrointestinal symptoms including:

As a result of the diarrhea and vomiting, people with Cryptosporidiosis often become dehydrated and may lose weight. An estimated 748,000 cases of Cryptosporidiosis occur every year in the US.