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Webster Groves Aquatic Center reopen after child tests positive for Cryptosporidium

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WEBSTER GROVES, MO. (KMOV.com) -- The Aquatic Center in Webster Groves has reopened after being closed Thursday when a child tested positive for Cryptosporidium.

St. Louis County Health Department officials informed the Webster Groves Park Recreation that the child was at the pool during the incubation or shedding period. Health department officials have not said where the child was infected with the Cryptosporidium but because he was at the pool on June 8 the pool will be closed as a precaution.

“County Health Department is asking us to hyperchlorinate the pool. This is a process that takes the chlorine level up to 20 parts per million (ppm) for a 12-hour period. A normal level of chlorine would be 2 ppm, with a range of 1-3 ppm. St. Louis County Health Department will ask any public places this child has been to do a higher level of cleaning and disinfecting to prevent further cases of Crypto,” read a portion of the Facebook post made by the Webster Groves Parks Recreation.

Symptoms of Cryptosporidium begin between 2 and 10 days after someone is infected and last about a week or two in a person with a healthy immune system.

“All of our water tests this summer have been in the acceptable ranges per St. Louis County Health Department code! We are complying with St. Louis County Health Departments request to hyperchlorinate the pool as a precaution to continue to ensure the safety of our pool patrons,” the Webster Groves Parks Recreation wrote.

Click here for more information on Cryptosporidium from the CDC.

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