Parasite found in swimming pools could be fatal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN/WPRI) – Pool goers are being warned of water conditions this summer.

ABC News reports outbreaks in pools, hot tubs and other recreational uses of water containing a parasite called Cryptosporidium.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new report Friday showing that between 2011 and 2012, 90 outbreaks resulted in 1,788 illnesses, 95 hospitalizations and one death.

According to the CDC, the parasite can survive in treated water for 10 days, whereas E. coli parasites are killed in a matter of minutes or hours in a treated pool.

Upon learning of the CDC’s report, Eyewitness News checked with the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Officials said while there have been sporadic cases of Cryptosporidium in Rhode Island, the state has not had any outbreaks.

Since 2007, there have been 122 individual cases, with five so far in 2015.

Officials say the parasite can be cleared from the body in two to three weeks, but when infecting a person with a weak immune system the illness can be chronic or fatal, causing gastrointestinal issues such as diarrhea.

Those enjoying a pool should research the most recent inspection through the local health department.

Cryptosporidium Cases in RI

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Total


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