With many swimming pools and water parks opening for the summer on Memorial Day weekend, there’s some nasty news to consider before taking the plunge. Outbreaks of a parasitic infection caused by Cryptosporidium (Crypto) are on the rise, with twice as many outbreaks in 2016 as in 2014, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Dana Hawkinson specializes in treating infectious diseases at The University of Kansas Health System. In the video, he describes Crypto and where it comes from, as well as the symptoms. He explains how it’s spread, and how it’s treated and the best ways to protect your family and others while swimming. Also included is swimming pool video.