Poop-contaminated pool in Duluth causes Crypto outbreak

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Someone has been using Edgewater's pools as their own personal bathroom.
Stop pooping in pools, people.

The Minnesota Department of Health said yesterday that nine people are suspected to have Cryptosporidium (or Crypto) after swimming at Duluth's Edgewater Resort and Water Park.

Crypto causes flu-like symptoms and diarrhea. It is caused by a parasite commonly spread through fecal matter, otherwise known as "poop."

The department of health is also investigating a pool facility in Brainerd for the same parasite, but did not disclose which one. In other words, we could be facing a full-fledged pooping-in-the-pool epidemic.

Edgewater voluntarily shut down its pools and gave them a super-chlorination treatment to eliminate any traces of fecal matter, as the Northland's NewsCenter reports:
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Could this little guy be the culprit?
The Edgewater responded to concerns by closing pools and super chlorinating them to kill any parasite, ahead of getting water testing results back.

"Our pools are the cleanest, you know, that they've been because of the super chlorination, and we do take it very seriously and are very controlled about how often we test the water and what to do with issues," said Leanne Joynes of ZMC Hotels.

"The people should not be changing diapers at poolside. They should take a shower before and after swimming and that when they're swimming, they should take frequent bathroom breaks," said Trisha Robinson of the Minnesota Department of Health.
Robinson told the Duluth News Tribune she typically investigates between one and three outbreaks each year, most of them associated with swimming in recreational pools. Because Crypto's symptoms are typically subtle, the vast majority of cases go unreported.

But subtle symptoms or no, those of us who plan to swim in recreational waters sometime in the foreseeable future again implore you -- please, please don't poop in the pool, and don't let your children poop in the pool either.

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John w/ West Bend
John w/ West Bend

A more appropriate opening sentence would probably be, "Stop drinking the water in pools that are clearly occupied little kids all day long." Recreational water illnesses can be prevented fairly easily by (1) requiring all swimmers to shower, (2) closing the pool every hour for 15 minutes to encourage bathroom breaks, and (3) telling people to stop putting what equates to bath water in their mouths.

On a lighter note, the video at the end of this article is hilarious: http://goo.gl/oP1Hn


You had to tell us that fecal matter is commonly called poop? Don't people know that already?

Dan Frye
Dan Frye

OMG. I bet it was the same person that pooped in the dryer at St. Thomas' dorm. We must test their DNA. 




This HAS to be one of the best headlines in City Pages history!

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