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New stomach bug washes up in some pools

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TYLER (KYTX) - Cryptosproidium has shown up in some northern states with a vengeance.

Cryptosproidium is just another intestinal infection to add to the list, but this one is found some place you wouldn't suspect, the pool.

There are cases in other states, but parents at Fun Forest Pool in Tyler say they aren't worried about it.

The sounds of summer.

"Everyday I like swimming," says Brianna Walton.

10-year-old Brianna Walton comes to Fun Forest Pool with her grandmother several days during the week.

"It's big and clean and fun," says Walton.

"I love the cleanliness of it and just coming out and swimming and having fun with my grand babies," says Sharon Martin, Walton's grandmother.

Cryptosproidium is an intestinal parasite that can be spread in contaminated water, and can't be killed by chlorine.

But it hasn't been seen in Tyler.

"I swim there too, so I'm concerned," says Stephanie Rollings with the City of Tyler's Parks and Recreation Department.

Rollings says both Fun Forest and Waldort pools are in tip-top shape, and are tested daily.

"Our certified pool operator tests the water before we open and our lifeguards test it three times a day and we have to keep a written log the health department can come and do inspections at any time," says Rollings.

"When someone gets infected and goes into a public swimming pool, that's how can infect other people," says Dr. Nabil Choueiri with Trinity Mother Frances.

Dr. Choueiri says the most common symptom is diarrhea.

"Abdominal cramping, sometimes have a low-grade fever, malaise, generally not feeling good," says Dr. Choueiri.

He says Cryptosproidium is most often seen in under-developed countries with water that's not as clean, often rivers and lakes.

"We're taking it from potable water system, already treated and putting into a pool, filtering it and treating it as well," says Rollings.

And it comes down to keeping your family healthy, to help others.

"The other people around too, good safety for everybody," says Martin.

And doctors say to be aware of secondary infections, wash your hands.

And if you or someone in your family has had stomach illnesses in the last two weeks, it's best to stay away from water parks, or pools.

Cryptosproidium is contracted through ingesting the parasite, so simply being in the pool isn't enough to get it.

The city of Tyler says anytime a child is sick in a pool, they shut down and shock treat the water for 24 hours before opening again.

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