With cases expected to rise over summer, NSW Health is
warning people to be vigilant about the spread of cryptosporidiosis in swimming
is important that people affected by diarrhoea avoid swimming for two weeks
after their symptoms are resolved to avoid contaminating pools and spreading
Jeremy McAnulty, Director of Health Protection at NSW Health, said people of
all ages, particularly parents and carers of young children, should take steps
to prevent the spread of the parasitic intestinal infection.
is easily spread from person to person in swimming pools, splash parks,
interactive fountains, spas or jacuzzis,” Dr McAnulty said.
usually see cases increase over summer and there have been plenty of outbreaks
caused by contaminated swimming pools.
an infected person gets into a pool and another swimmer swallows even a small
amount of pool water, they can get infected and will start experiencing
diarrhoea a few days later.
the weather heating up, notifications of cryptosporidiosis remain low, with 38 cases
reported in October and 41 cases so far this month.
reports tend to peak between November and March, with the highest monthly
notifications in the past five years in March 2017 with 325 cases.
McAnulty explained that this is an underestimation of case numbers as many
people with diarrhoea aren’t tested for cryptosporidiosis, which requires a
stool test at the doctor.
include lots of diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea and sometimes vomiting or fever.
There is no specific treatment for the condition and symptoms may last a few
Public Health Act was recently amended to expand the maintenance requirements
for swimming pools to include splash parks and interactive fountains to help
reduce the risk of cryptosporidiosis outbreaks.
further information, see the NSW Health cryptosporidiosis factsheet.