When I used to go to summer camp at the Y when I was a kid, they always used to hound us about taking a shower when we got out of the pool. Maybe because we were kids, they never really fully explained why. It would probably be useless to throw a bunch of 50 cent words out at a bunch of kids, so instead, they were just relentless about reminding us to shower.

Last week, the Center for Disease Control issued a warning this week about Cryptosporidium, or Crypto for short. It's a fecal bacteria that is immune to the chemicals that are in pool water. So, if you think that massive amounts of chlorine will protect you, you are incorrect.

According to WMTW - TV13, the CDC put out a warning on Friday stating that cases of Crypto have increased 13% between 2009 - 2017. It's not necessarily just pools either. It can happen in some lakes as well. Especially if they are near cattle.

Now, something to keep in mind, is that this is not the fault of the people caring for the pool. It's you and me. We need to be clean going in the pool for other folks safety, and shower when we get out for our own. Public pools are very safe places, and you shouldn't be afraid to use them at all, just shower before and after you swim.

And if you've been ill from the waist down, if you know what I mean, and feeling particularly "poopy", stay out of public swimming areas. It's just the right thing to do. But otherwise, just be safe and enjoy some aquatic fun!

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