Polk County warns residents of pool illness

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Polk County health officials are urging swimmers to use caution to defend against a waterborne illness.

Officials tell Des Moines television station KCCI (http://bit.ly/18KzIW9) that they have logged 68 cases of cryptosporidium (crip-toe-spor-ID-ee-um) this July, up from six cases last July. Cryptosporidium is a chlorine-resistant, highly infectious parasite that causes diarrhea and abdominal cramping.

Signs have gone up at some Des Moines-area aquatic centers warning people with diarrhea to stay away.

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Information from: KCCI-TV, http://www.kcci.com

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