Three cases of Cryptosporidiosis confirmed in Johnson County

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. — The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment confirmed Thursday that three people in Johnson County have been diagnosed with Cryptosporidiosis.

JCDHE says they are working with pools in Overland Park and Shawnee to treat the pools in which the people had contact with, but the health department says they cannot confirm that the victims contracted the disease from these pools.

According to the JCDHE, the pool in Overland Park is privately owned by a homes’ association and has been temporarily closed. A shock treatment has been performed to the pool in Shawnee, which JCDHE says eliminates any dangers in the water. JCDHE says they are still working with the homes’ association that owns the other private pool in Shawnee.

“We encourage everyone to wash their hands frequently and ensure their children take frequent breaks from the pool to prevent accidents,” said Lougene Marsh, JCDHE director.

The Department of Health and Environment say that Shawnee city pools are safe for the public.

Symptoms of Crypto include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, nausea and vomiting. It can be spread from person to person or animal to animal through coming in contact with the stool of an infected person or animal and consuming contaminated food or water.

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