Kids Under Age Five Should Avoid Pools

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Utah Department of Health is asking public swimming pool managers to take aggressive action to help
stop the ongoing outbreak of cryptosporidium infection. Most notably, public health officials are asking managers to restrict children under the age of five from swimming until the outbreak has subsided. Other recommended actions include weekly hyper-chlorination of pools, maintaining a minimum level of chlorination at all times and posting informational materials at every pool.

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Over the past month, many counties have seen dramatic increases in cryptosporidium, a parasite that causes long-lasting, often debilitating diarrhea. In a normal year, Utah generally sees about 30 cases throughout the state. This year, the state has confirmed 422 cases and the numbers keep climbing.

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