Summer is a time for fun and relaxation. Many of us make use of recreational water, harmless on the surface but even treated water (pools) poses a danger. In 2011-2012, the most recent years for which finalized data are available, the CDC had 90 outbreaks associated in recreational water venues that are treated. This resulted in 1309 cases, 73 hospitalizations, and one death. The most common pathogen involved in these outbreaks was Cryptosporidium or crypto. Many people think chlorine will kill all pathogenic organisms in the water instantly, but some can survive days in properly chlorinated pools. Crypto is a microscopic parasite that resides in the intestines of animals and humans and causes severe diarrhea. Take the following steps to protect yourself and your children from diarrheal illness at the pool this summer:
-Stay out of the water if sick with diarrhea (Swim diapers will not contain diarrhea if a child has an accident in the pool!).
-Don‘t poop in the water.
-Don‘t swallow the water.
-Report if you or your child has a diarrheal incident while swimming.
-Every hour at the pool have the kids get out and take a bathroom break.
-Check diapers and change them in a bathroom or diaper changing area(not poolside).
Be responsible and enjoy your summer!!