In recent weeks, there have been a number of news stories about public pools being forced to close after they tested positive for Cryptosporidium. Crypto is a highly-contagious, chlorine-resistant parasite which causes diarrhea and is usually transmitted through fecal matter.
In February, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) published Fecal Accident Response Recommendations to provide guidance on preventing Crypto outbreaks and other recreational water illnesses (RWIs). While the title of the publication may elicit a few smirks, RWIs are really no laughing matter.
We encourage all pool operators to review the CDC recommendations to prevent future outbreaks. Operators should also check their state and local guidelines to see if additional steps are needed.