Great news for everyone who has yet to reach their pool body goals yet, it may not actually be a good idea to be swimming in warm pools this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a news report today that told of a hardy parasite that has been found in tons of pools, hot tubs and other recreational bodies of water. This parasite, called Cryptosporidium is often found in treated water and causes acute gastrointestinal issues like diarrhea.
The parasite can also live in water for a long time, so do not be fooled if people tell you that an outbreak occurred a little while ago. The parasite can live for 10 days, compared to bacteria like E. Coli which is killed in minutes to hours in treated water.
Although the symptoms can often leave a victim in a few weeks, for those with compromised immune systems, the conditions can become chronic and even fatal due to your body not being able to absorb nutrients due to the gastrointestinal issues like diarrhea. Pool goers are advised to check the pools’ most recent inspections or even to buy their own chlorine tests to test waters properly before jumping in.