CDC Warns of Pool Parasite This Summer

Parasite can survive in chlorine for days.

— -- A hardy parasite has led federal health officials to warn pool goers to be careful in the water this summer.

Michele Hlavsa, chief of the CDC's Healthy Swimming Program, said the parasite is particularity troubling due to how long it can live in treated water.

"With these outbreaks, we see they disproportionately affect young children," Hlavasa said. "They’re the ones who can go to a pool and young children tend to carry lots of germs."

The parasite can be cleared from the body in about two to three weeks, Hlavasa said, but in a person with a weakened immune system the condition may become chronic or even fatal.

Because of gastrointestinal issues such as diarrhea, "you’re losing so much and your body isn’t able to absorb nutrients," Hlavasa said.

"If you’re worried about the restaurant's [ratings] ... it’s the same thing with pools you’re putting your body in that water," Hlavasa said.

More information on water safety can be found at here.