Summertime parasite outbreaks have been on the rise since 2009, CDC says

Health officials with the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention are warning Americans to take precautions after a report in the rise of 'crypto, ' a fecal parasite that can be transmitted via swimming pools, is on the rise.

Although it's nearly never fatal, one death has been reported since 2009 - while 287 people were hospitalized between 2009 and 2017, according to the CDC, which found that the United States has experienced a 13 percent spike in crypto outbreaks per year over time.

"Don't swim or let your kids swim if sick with diarrhea", the CDC warned Friday. They don't know how to use the toilet and wash their hands or are just learning how.

Take young children on bathroom breaks every 60 minutes or check their diapers every 30 to 60 minutes.

Crypto, a parasite, is spread through the poop of infected humans or animals.

There could be a parasite in the water that could literally turn your stomach.

"The number of treated recreational water-associated outbreaks caused by cryptosporidium drives the summer seasonal peak in both waterborne cryptosporidiosis outbreaks and cryptosporidiosis outbreaks overall", according to a statement from the CDC.

From 2009 through 2017 there have been 444 Crypto outbreaks, resulting in 7,465 people becoming sick, 287 hospitalizations and one death, the CDC reports.

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Cryptosporidiosis - or crypto for short - is the leading cause of disease outbreaks in the US linked to water, specifically in swimming pools or water playgrounds. 15% were linked to contact with cattle; 13% were linked to contact with infected people in childcare settings; 3% were linked to drinking raw milk or apple cider.

The CDC classifies Crypto as a "challenging parasite".

Cryptosporidium can survive in a chlorinated pool for up to seven days, the CDC said.

Crypto can have serious health consequences, most caused by profuse, watery diarrhea that can last up to three weeks. This means that 24 percent say they'd jump in the pool within an hour of having diarrhea and 48 percent do not shower before swimming.

If cryptosporidiosis is diagnosed, do not swim for at least two weeks after diarrhea stops.

There hasn't been this kind of pool panic since that candy bar floated on the water in "Caddyshack", and everyone mistook it for something else that's brown.

Remove shoes worn in the animal environments (for example, in barns) before going inside your home.

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