Cryptosporidiosis or “Crypto” is a disease that causes severe watery diarrhea and can last for 2 weeks or more. The microscopic parasite that causes crypto lives in the intestine of the infected person. Crypto can live in a chlorinated pool for several days and it only takes getting a few germs in your mouth to make you sick.
Three Steps for All Swimmers
- Don’t swim when you have diarrhea. You can spread germs in the water and make other people sick.
- Practice good hygiene. Shower with soap before swimming and wash your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers. Germs on your body end up in the water.
- Don’t swallow the pool water. Avoid getting water in your mouth.
- Take your kids on bathroom breaks and check diapers often. Waiting to hear “I have to go” may mean that it’s too late.
- Change diapers in a bathroom or a diaper-changing area and NOT poolside. Germs can spread in and around the pool.
- Wash your child thoroughly (especially his or her rear end) with soap and water before they enter or re-enter the pool. Invisible amounts of fecal matter can end up in the pool
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