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Alexander J. da Silva, PhD
At least 2 people have been diagnosed with cryptosporidiosis after visiting the pool in July. Health officials never actually disclosed if Cryptosporidium was confirmed to have been found in the park's water but said that the pool had been hyperchlorinated to kill off any potential contaminates.
“Based on the actions taken by the park management, we believe this does not present a public health concern at this time,” said agency spokesperson Lem Burell.
Cryptosporidiosis is a parasitic disease caused by any one of the more than 2 dozen protozoans in the Cryptosporidium genus. In humans, it presents mainly as a gastrointestinal illness with diarrhea as the main symptom and dehydration as a primary risk. In otherwise healthy people, it is generally short-lived but in someone who is immunocompromised, the illness can actually be fatal.
Cryptosporidiosis is believed to be the most common waterborne disease in the US and among the most common worldwide.
The agency did not give any details about the 2 confirmed patients or update their conditions.