Johnson County recommends pool closures due to cases of Crypto

Jay Senter - August 27, 2011 7:06 am

Okay, readers: prepare for a little bit of the ick factor.

Johnson County has recommended that all public pools throughout the area close and superchlorinate their water as a precaution against Cryptosporidiosis. The county’s environmental department has implicated 11 swimming pools in the county in the transmission of the disease, which is spread through the stool of infected persons or animals, consumption of contaminated food or water, or person-to-person and animal-to-animal contact.

Fairway sent an email to residents Friday evening letting them know it would be closing to complete the superclorination process, and would reopen by 11 a.m. Sunday at the latest. (UPDATED: Fairway’s pool will open at 4 p.m. Saturday).

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Symptoms of Crypto infection include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, nausea and vomiting. Symptoms typically develop two to 10 days after exposure, and can last up to two weeks. Since Crypto can spread for two weeks after symptoms have disappeared, the county is urging people who may have been infected to stay away from the pool until they are no longer contagious.

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