Diarrhea From Swimming Pools Rising

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States are not required to report patient numbers, so the CDC does not collect totals.

Chlorine poisoning symptoms depends on whether a person came into contact with the chemical or the gas, as well as amount and length of exposure, according to the CDC. That means an average of 8,000 people a year suffer through up to three weeks of watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and sometimes vomiting - most often because they swallowed contaminated pool water. The infection can become life-threatening in people with compromised immune systems.

According to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report issued Thursday by the CDC, outbreaks of such infections from polls and water playgrounds have doubled in the United States from the year 2014 to 2016.

The states will be largest number people who were sickened a year ago were OH (1,940) and Arizona (352), according to the news release.

It's nice to beat the heat in public pools and waterparks, but make sure to keep your mouth closed and use nose plugs when you're in the water or you could be the next cryptosporidium playground.

The infection spreads when swimmers accidentally swallow pool water tainted with diarrhea or feces of a sick person.

Even if a pool is properly maintained, Crypto can still pose a challenge, as it's able to survive up to 10 days in clean water. Only 16 outbreaks were reported in 2014.

The findings were published May 19 in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). In a May warning from 2016, the CDC reported that almost 80 percent of public pool inspections uncovered at least one health and safety violation. One outbreak sickened members of a university sports team after they visited a water park. Arizona identified 352 people sick with Crypto for July-October 2016, compared with no more than 62 cases for any one year in 2011-2015.

Experts are unsure if the parasite is becoming more common, or if the reason for the spike is simply more people reporting it.

So, swimmers and parents should take care of themselves while swimming in pools as they should not swallow any of the pool water and they should have a shower once they get out of the pool.

The CDC advises parents not to let children swim if they have diarrhea.

"Swim diapers do not contain diarrhea", she said.

So how does the bug get in the water?

Ingesting the water could end up giving you Cryptosporidium.

A second report in the MMWR noted another potential hazard of public pools - inhalation of toxic chlorine gas.

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