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Parasites in Pools Are on the Rise

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  • A parasite called cryptosporidium, or crypto, may contaminate pools and water parks and is spread by contact with the feces of an infected person
  • The number of outbreaks of a diarrhea-causing infection has doubled from 16 to 32 cases in the U.S. in just two years, from 2014 to 2016, records from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show
  • Experts say hyperchlorination is required in pools contaminated by crypto, but chlorine poisoning from the liquid or gas form may cause other potentially toxic side effects

By Dr. Mercola

Sometimes the evening news reveals something that causes you to worry about that which you never worried before. Such may have been the case when news emerged recently of a huge uptick in the number of diarrhea outbreaks after people went swimming in a public pool and inadvertently swallowed the water. But that was just the beginning of their problem.


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