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Missouri Aquatic Center Closes After Swimmer Contracts Cryptosporidium

St. Louis, MO – WEBWIRE

Earlier this month, the Manchester Aquatic Center closed after a swimmer who was diagnosed with Cryptosporidium recently used the pool. The St. Louis County Health Department reported that the swimmer did not contract the parasite from the pool, nevertheless, the facility shut down to undergo proper chemical treatment before reopening.

Cryptosporidium is an intestinal parasite that has a fecal-oral transmission route. It is found in water, food, soil, or surfaces that have been contaminated with the feces from an infected person or animal. Millions of these parasites can be released in a bowel movement from an infected human or animal. It is spread by putting something in your mouth or swallowing something that has come into contact with feces infected with Cryptosporidium. It causes severe, watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, dehydration, nausea, vomiting and fever for 72 hours or more. Some individuals infected by Cryptosporidium show no signs of illness at all.

Cryptosporidium outbreaks have been identified with public drinking water supplies, recreational water (waterslides, swimming pools and lakes) and the consumption of contaminated beverages,” stated Diane Miskowski, MPH, Business Development Manager at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Children under the age of two, animal handlers, men who have sex with men, health care and day care workers are also prone to infection.”

Some tips for safe swimming include:

  • Shower before and after entering the water to decrease the amount of skin bacteria as well as bacteria present after a bowel movement
  • Do not swim while having diarrhea
  • Babies should wear special swimming diapers that will lessen fecal contamination of water
  • Diapers should be changed frequently and in the rest room, not pool side
  • Try not to swallow water and keep the water out of your mouth

EMSL offers testing for Cryptosporidium, waterborne pathogens and rapid testing for fecal contamination using PCR. To learn more, please visit or, call (800) 220-3675 or email .

For service questions, please contact Diane Miskowski for expert information at 1-800-220-3675 extension 2528.

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of food, environmental and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.

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