Study: Caregivers unaware of Cryptosporidium risk in pools

Many caregivers are unaware of the risks of Cryptosporidium, a chlorine-resistant parasite found in pools. Considered a Recreational Water Illness (RWI), Cryptosporidium has increased 300 percent in the last 10 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Even with this increase in prevalence, a new study by Nielsen found caregivers lack knowledge about RWIs and how to handle them.

Cryptosporidium parvum oocyst releasing sporozoites

Cryptosporidium outbreak settlement of $5 million approved

The New York State Court of Claims has granted preliminary approval of a proposed $5 million settlement of a class action lawsuit filed over a Cryptosporidium outbreak in a state water park. Until now, no technology has presented the ideal solution. Ozone and UV systems are expensive and still require high levels of chlorine for residual kill, while salt systems cause corrosion and don’t kill crypto.