Ohio public health officials are working with pools, schools, and childcare facilities to prevent new infections after Cryptosporidium (Crypto) outbreak grows.
Ohio public health officials are working with pools, schools, and childcare facilities to prevent new infections after a Cryptosporidium (Crypto) outbreak continues to grow in Columbus, Franklin, and Delaware counties. The outbreak is not tied to any single location and affected individuals have had multiple exposures at various local recreational water facilities.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Crypto is a parasite that causes diarrhea and is found in the fecal matter of infected persons. An individual can become infected by swallowing water that has been contaminated. Symptoms include watery diarrhea with abdominal pain, nausea, fever, and vomiting. Infected persons can continue to spread the disease even several weeks after diarrhea subsides. Officials recommend that those individuals who are affected should avoid any recreational activities in public waters for at least two weeks after diarrhea has stopped.
Additionally, the CDC recommends the following safety measures for schools and childcare facilities:
To reduce the spread of Cryptosporidium when visiting public pools, waterparks, or fountains, avoid swallowing water while swimming, change diapers in designated areas not near the water, and wash hands with soap and water thoroughly after using the bathroom.
Officials believe the outbreak will get worse before it gets better, but are hoping that cases decrease once the pool season is over. Many pools in the area have closed in order to hyper-chlorinate their water as a precaution.
Those individuals looking for more information on the Ohio outbreak should visit the Columbus Public Health, Delaware General Health District, Franklin County Public Health websites for more information.