Why a nasty parasite is thriving in chlorinated swimming pools and water parks. Beware that baby’s bottom. If you’re in the pool this summer when some adorable toddler has an “accidental fecal release ,” you’d better hope it’s a Baby Ruth rather than soft serve. Because as disgusting as it is to be swimming with a formed stool—it’s much worse to be swimming in diarrhea. For one thing, diarrhea goes everywhere.
For another, diarrhea’s full of the germs that caused it. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health departments have been grappling with increasing outbreaks of swimmer’s diarrhea caused by Cryptosporidium. Crypto cases have more than doubled since 2004.
with 8,008 known cases in 2012. When we think of swimming and infections, we usually think about ear infections or rashes from slimy hot tubs. And it’s this ignorance of Crypto that, ultimately, is helping Crypto spread.