Concern over what’s swimming in the water at some metro pools

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- There are three confirmed cases of Cryptosporidiosis in Johnson County, but cities are already taking action to prevent it from spreading.

Pools are a perfect breeding ground for a parasite called Crypto.

It’s short for Cryptosporidium and a disease that causes diarrhea and other unpleasant symptoms. Three people in Johnson County have already been diagnosed.

“Somebody might have a diarrhea event in the pool and they’re swimming along, open their mouths and swallow the water, get it on their hands, touch their mouths,” says Nancy Tausz.

Nancy Tausz works with Johnson County Health and Environment. She says Crypto happens often. There have been a dozen cases reported since January. And it can all be prevented.

Tausz says to practice good hygiene. Wash your hands before you head into the pool, but using hand sanitizer won’t kill the parasite. You have to use soap and water.

“Don’t change baby’s diapers by the pool, take children to the bathroom, bathroom breaks. We suggest you shower before you go into the pool,” she says.

The symptoms to this disease include diarrhea, vomiting, cramps, and fever. It becomes dangerous depending on the case because it often causes dehydration.

“Do not get into the pool for two weeks after the symptoms stop because you can still be shedding the disease,” Tausz says.

Overland Park and Shawnee already closed down pools to disinfect the water.

The cities stress that the pools that are up and running are absolutely safe and clean.

There is no danger growing in the waters.