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Parasite linked to swimming pools and water parks on the rise

Next week is the CDC's Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, and their theme this year is the Cryptosporidium parasite -- or 'Crypto' for short. The parasite is commonly transmitted through fecal matter in public swimming pools and water parks, and outbreaks across the country have doubled last year compared to 2014.

Last month we wrote a post about liability in swimming pool related injuries and death, and one aspect of swimming pool liability is the illness you can contract due to the negligence of pool owners.

According to the CDC, reports of Crypto outbreaks have risen over the past few years. Kentucky itself had an outbreak in 2011, when 120 people were infected with the parasite. The outbreaks have the potential to affect thousands of people, as even a mouthful of water contaminated by the parasite can make a person severely sick for several weeks.

What makes Crypto the most common water-related parasite in the country? For starters, the standard level of chlorine treatment fails to kill the parasite, and it can live for up to 10 days in poorly-treated pool water. In order to properly protect you against Crypto, pool owners are advised to shut down their pools for several hours to treat their water with high levels of chlorine. However, many fail to take the necessary provisions to protect swimmers from exposure to the parasite.

The CDC lays out guidelines on how you can protect yourself and your family from a Crypto infection this summer. But if you are infected, you may have a premises liability claim against swimming pool or water park owners. In extreme cases, the parasite could lead to severe dehydration, and potentially death - so make sure you are well-protected this season.

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