Today is Friday, but this last Tuesday, you decided to visit your favorite sushi restaurant. Upon departure, you felt a little queezy and attributed it to the raw “sea steak”. The next day turns out to be even worse, leaving you running for the bathroom. With a call and a complaint to that restaurant, you receive a meal credit. But what you may not have known, is that you didn’t get sick from sushi, you got sick from your dog Fido while swimming in your swimming pool. Crytosperidium may survive for 2 to 6 months in a moist environment, and direct transmission between animals and humans is common because action is often not taken.
The human infections of Crytosperidium have an incubation period of 1 to 12 days; 7 days is typical. So identifying this disease is usually fairly difficult. Now the bad news: there is currently no cure for Crytosperidium. Cryptosporidium enteritis is an infection of the small intestine that is caused by the parasite cryptosporidium. The main symptom is diarrhea, but there are many other side effects. The major risk factor is swallowing water contaminated with fecal matter. How can this be limited? EASY! Listen to your pool service technician. A swimming pool should allow a “complete cycle turn” to occur, that will help eliminate materials 2 times in a given day. In other words, this means your entire pool contents pass through your filter twice, every day, to help eliminate the risk of spreading disease.
There are many factors that will agitate Crytosperidium. One being a dirty filter ! The most common is your “filter cartridge;” it is designed to remove impurities out of your water. Manufacturers recommend replacing ALL elements every 18-24 months. Think of it like this: Your filter is a “trash can” for your pool water, the more debris you accumulate in your trash can, the less it can hold. Like all trash cans you should clean them out so you can store more trash. Now, let me demand that you use one bag for 18-24 months. Could you keep this bag clean? 1 week, 1 month, how about 5 years? The answer is simple: no chance. So don’t risk your health!
OK Scary man,
Can’t I just wait another 18-24 months? Read more below.
In healthy people, the infection will clear up, but can last up to a month. In people who are immunosuppressed, prolonged diarrhea may cause loss of body weight and malnutrition.
Outbreaks have been linked to:
Drinking from contaminated public water supplies
Drinking unpasteurized cider
Swimming in contaminated pools and lakes
There is no one treatment for cryptosporidium enteritis.
In these groups, this diarrheal infection is not just bothersome, it can also lead to severe, and potentially life-threatening, loss of muscle and body mass (wasting), and malnutrition.
Those at higher risk:
People in close contact with infected individuals
So please, don’t risk your health or your children – call us today at (916) 532-7034 to get your filter replaced ASAP!