The NC Public Health Department has issued an advisory to all swimmers, coaches, and pool operators regarding increased risk of cryptosporidium (crypto) infections following confirmed infections of competitive swimmers in the Triangle area. Crypto is an intestinal parasite that causes stomach cramps and diarrhea. The most important way to prevent spread of the infection is for swimmers who display any symptoms to stay out of the water. Crypto is able to survive in pools even with normal chlorination levels. Here is the link to a Memo from the State of North Carolina Department of Health which gives more details on keeping our swimmers safe and preventing and responding to outbreaks. With holiday training ready to begin, please be aware of the situation, share the State’s memo with your pool managers, and encourage any swimmer who displays symptoms of intestinal distress to stay out of the pool and seek medical attention.
If coaches or parents have specific questions about crypto or the advisory, please feel free to contact Nicole Lee at the NC Department of Health and Human Services:
Nicole Lee, MPH
Communicable Disease Branch
225 N. McDowell Street, Raleigh, NC
North Carolina Swimming Safety Chair