WDH Issues Caution About Public Pool Germs

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WDH Issues Caution About Public Pool Germs

The Wyoming Department of Health officials say the state's rates of Recreational Water Illnesses (RWI) are three times higher than the national average.

In 2012, there were 35 cases of cryptosporidium reported to the health department, and 40 percent of those cases were in Campbell County. Epidemiologist, Kelly Weidenbach, says both cryptosporidium and gidardia can be transmitted from person to person in a public swimming pool, as normal disinfection measures may not fully kill the parasites. She said the illness is primarily passed when fecal matter from a sick person gets into the water.

Health experts advise people to not swim if they are having loose bowels, and healthy swimmers should shower with soap before getting into the pool, or hot tub. Parents of young children should make sure kids wash before going in the water and diapers should be checked every 30 minutes or hour, and make sure they provide plenty of opportunities for kids to eliminate in appropriate places to avoid soiling the public pool.

For more information about keeping germs at bay in the public pool, click here.

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