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STOMACH BUG: Increase In Reported Cases

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The Polk County Department of Public Health is reminding people that good swimming pool etiquette can stop the spread of a potentially harmful stomach bug.

The state’s seen 68 cases so far this July. That’s 10 times the number of cases reported last year.

Cryptosporidium can cause bouts of stomach cramps and diarrhea that can last two to four weeks. Most people can manage the disease but hospitalization is required for severe cases.

The Department of Public Health says cryptosporidium is very tolerant to chlorine disinfection so it’s not uncommon to see more cases in the summer months when people are in pools.

They are reminding people that kids who are sick or who have had diarrhea shouldn’t swim for at least two weeks after diarrhea stops.

Everyone should shower before getting in the water and make sure kids are washed thoroughly after going to the bathroom.

Take young kids with diapers on frequent bathroom breaks and change diapers in the bathroom, not at the poolside.

As always good hand washing habits will also help.