There's a Cryptosporidiosis Outbreak in San Joaquin County. Also, What’s That?
Believe us when we say that you don’t ever want to come down with a case of Cryptosporidiosis, or “crypto.” The illness runs the gamut of nasty symptoms, including watery diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, abdominal cramps, fever, and pain.
It’s also on the rise in San Joaquin, so look out.
Crypto is caused by a group of parasites called Cryptosporidium. The most common mode of infection is contaminated recreational water (think accidentally swallowing water at your local lake or swimming pool.) But the illness can also be transmitted person-to-person especially in germ-laden places like childcare facilities and schools.
The county has typically averaged about one case per year. But it’s seeing a drastic change.
“Since early July, we have 17 people confirmed along with an additional 41 symptomatic contacts,” said Dr. Karen Furst, Assistant Public Health Officer for San Joaquin County.
It isn’t just San Joaquin. Crypto cases are up nationwide, particularly among people taking dips in recreational water.
If we’ve just scared the living daylights out of you ahead of your trip to the water park, have no fear. We’ve got steps to protect yourself and others.
Per the CDC:
• Stay away from recreational water facilities for at least two weeks after a bout with diarrhea has stopped and make sure your kids do the same.
• Don’t swallow the water when swimming if you can help it.
• Don’t just shower after swimming. Shower before. This helps prevent germs from getting into the water in the first place.
• Make sure your kids are getting enough trips to the bathroom to prevent evacuation in the pool.
• Wash those hands!
Good luck to you all.