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New Study: Keep Kids With Diarrhea Out of Pool - Swim Diapers Not Best Solution
Date:5/12/2009

of millions of oocysts get into the water within minutes," explains Dr. James Amburgey, the lead scientist in the study. "Swimmers only need to ingest about ten Crypto oocysts to become infected."

Crypto is a parasite that causes severe diarrhea and dehydration. This germ is highly resistant to chlorine used in pools. As infected bathers visit other pools, the outbreak spreads to other facilities. Crypto outbreaks continue to increase and thousands have been impacted in recent years, including state-wide outbreaks in New York, Utah, and Texas. Crypto will be discussed at the World Aquatic Health(TM) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, October 28-30, 2009.

The UNC-Charlotte research is the first scientific evaluation of swim diaper-use to shield against Crypto outbreaks. Swim diapers are widely used around the world at public and private pools to contain solid fecal accidents. "This study confirms that parental restraint is the key to preventing Crypto outbreaks - not swim diapers. Swimming with diarrhea is irresponsible because it places other people's health at risk," reinforces Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO of the National Swimming Pool Foundation(R) (NSPF(R)) who funded the research. NSPF offers these tips for safer swimming.

Founded in 1965, NSPF is a non-profit, dedicated to improving public health worldwide by encouraging healthier living through aquatic education and research. NSPF is the leading educator of aquatic facility operators and the chief philanthropic research sponsor in the aquatics field. Visit www.nspf.org.

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SOURCE National Swimming Pool Foundation
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