WASHINGTON – Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are renewing their warning of a dangerous parasite found lurking in pools.
CDC officials say illnesses linked to the so-called Crypto-parasites rose an average of 13-percent annually between 2009 and 2017.
The lead author in the report says cases heat up during the summer, because the parasite has one alarming quality. The parasites cause severe stomach issues that can last as long as three weeks.
Most people are infected at places like neighborhood pools when they accidentally swallow water containing human waste. Health officials say pool goers should rinse off before jumping in the water to keep pool time safe and clean.
The CDC says doctors are now using a more accurate test to detect the Crypto-parasite. They are predicting more cases in the coming years.