July 19, 2007: Number of People Ill From West Chester University Pool Climbs

Cryptosporidium, Giardia and norovirus are responsible for making pool staffers, swimmers and their family members sick, even if they didn’t go in the water...

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West Chester University has gotten 123 reports of children who are sick, as well as 8 reports of secondary sickness in parents or caregivers as a result of the contagious nature of these illnesses. Fourteen of a total of 38 pool workers have gotten sick as well.

Meanwhile, the Chester County Health Department in Pennsylvania has collected over 100 samples from individuals who are ill. The samples have been sent to state labs for testing. Tests have already shown the presence of norovirus in the pool water and the parasites Cryptosporidium and Giardia in stool samples.

The pool, which was shut down by the health department on July 11, remains closed. The pool and surrounding areas are being disinfected, and the university is investigating pool procedures.

Both norovirus and the parasites Crytosporidium and Giardia can cause gastrointestinal symptoms including diarrhea, abdominal cramps and vomiting. Fever may also be present.

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