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Avoid Swimming When Sick

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Utah Department of Health is warning Utah residents to stay away from public or private pools when they are experiencing episodes of diarrhea.

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Over the past few weeks, many counties have seen dramatic increases in Cryptosporidium, a parasite that causes diarrhea. As of Thursday afternoon, the Utah County Health Department was reporting 46 cases, the Salt Lake Valley Health Department had 24 cases and the Davis County Health Department was working on six cases. Typically, a county only sees about three cases in a year. The chemicals used to kill germs in swimming pools and other water are not effective in killing this parasite. In addition to avoiding exposure when you're ill, officials ask that you refrain from swimming for two weeks after symptoms have subsided.

Although Crypto can infect all people, some groups are more likely to develop more serious illness.