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AustraliaSwimming pool sickness bug on the rise

05:55  07 december  2018
05:55  07 december  2018 Source:   9news.com.au

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If you’ve ever been sick after swimming , it may have been due to contaminated pool water. According to a 2018 report from the Centers for Disease Control The bug is nasty—it can cause diarrhea for up to two weeks, points out the CDC. To lower your risk, don’t swallow pool water (even small amounts).

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Swimming pool sickness bug on the rise© AAP Swimming pool cryptosporidiosis disease parasite As temperatures rise with the arrival of summer, the pool becomes a sanctuary for many Aussies.

But a warning issued by authorities this week will have many of us dipping their toes in a bit more reluctantly.

NSW Health released its public health warning about the spread of cryptosporidiosis in swimming pools following a spate of reported cases.

The disease is caused by a chlorine-resistant parasite and spread by people who have recently had diarrhoea.

“It is important that people affected by diarrhoea avoid swimming for two weeks after their symptoms are resolved to avoid contaminating pools and spreading the infection,” the warning said.

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Be careful when you go for a swim in the neighborhood pool this summer. The parasitic infection cryptosporidium — known as crypto — is on the rise in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The parasite is the most common cause of diarrhea linked to swimming

“Case reports tend to peak between November and March, with the highest monthly notifications in the past five years in March 2017 with 325 cases.

“Symptoms include lots of diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea and sometimes vomiting or fever. There is no specific treatment for the condition and symptoms may last a few weeks.”

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Swimmers share the water—and the germs in it—with every person who enters the pool . On average, people have about 0.14 grams of feces on their bottoms 1 which Swallowing even a small amount of recreational water that has been contaminated with feces containing germs can make you sick .

Swimming pool sickness bug on the rise© AAP Swimming pool cryptosporidiosis disease parasite Cryptosporidiosis is a diarrhoeal disease caused by the parasite, Cryptosporidium, which can affect a person’s or animal’s intestine.

The disease is typically spread through person-to-person contact, swimming in contaminated waterways such as pools, spas and water parks, or by drinking contaminated water.

The sickness period of a person infected by the parasite is usually about 30 days in total, however a person may have ingested the parasite a week before symptoms arise.

The disease is also more common in infants and children than adults.

Swimming pool sickness bug on the rise© AAP Swimming pool cryptosporidiosis disease parasite In normal pool operating conditions, the Cryptosporidium parasite is also resistant to chlorine.

Doctor Jeremy McAnulty, the director of health protection at NSW Health, said in a statement that people of all ages should be on the lookout for symptoms.

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• Don't swim or let your kids swim if sick with diarrhea. • If diarrhea is caused by Crypto, wait two weeks after symptoms have • Don't swallow the water while swimming . • Rinse off in the shower before getting in the water to help remove any germs on your body that could contaminate the pool .

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“Cryptosporidiosis is easily spread from person to person in swimming pools, splash parks, interactive fountains, spas or jacuzzis,” he said.

“We usually see cases increase over summer and there have been plenty of outbreaks caused by contaminated swimming pools.

Swimming pool sickness bug on the rise© AAP Swimming pool cryptosporidiosis disease parasite “If an infected person gets into a pool and another swimmer swallows even a small amount of pool water, they can get infected and will start experiencing diarrhoea a few days later.”

Dr McAnulty also said that, while the March 2017 spike in cases was high, many people who contract the parasite are not tested for it by a doctor, therefore meaning cases can go unreported.

9News.com.au contacted the Federal Government Department of Health, who said the “management of environmental health risks of this nature are a matter for the states and territories.”

“State and Territory health departments provide advice on how to reduce the potential spread of these illnesses, including the importance of personal hygiene in pool use and the appropriate exclusion from swimming activities for individuals who have diarrhoea.”

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