(KMOV) -- Due to the recent outbreak of the parasite cryptosporidium in Belleville, the Illinois State Health Department is requiring all public pools in St. Clair County to hyper-chlorinate their pools.
The Center for Disease Control recommended the treatment. The director of parks and recreation, Mary Jeanne Hutchison, said there have been no issues or illnesses at Memorial Pool, but they want to prevent any problems.
O’Fallon’s Memorial Pool staff will perform the treatment in the evening on Thursday, August 5, during which time the pool will be closed. The pool is anticipated to reopen to the general public on Saturday, August 7.
According to the CDC, the parasite cryptosporidium is recognized as one of the most common causes of waterborne illnesses in the United States and is found in every part of the world.