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Swimming is a great way to stay cool during the summer and exercise; however, a day in the pool can turn bad.

Posted: Jul. 2, 2018 10:42 AM

(WTVA) - Swimming is a great way to stay cool during the summer and exercisehowever, a day in the pool can turn bad. 

The CDC says it's important to not let children swim if they have diarrhea. 

Just one diarrheal incident in the water can release millions of diarrhea-causing germs such as Crypto and E. coli. This can make other swimmers sick if they swallow a mouthful of contaminated water. 

"Most germs are killed within minutes by common pool disinfectant like chlorine or bromine, but Crypto is a germ that can survive in properly chlorinated water for more than seven days," stated the CDC. "This is why Crypto is the leading cause of outbreaks linked to swimming in the United States." 

Crypto may be found in soil, food, water or surfaces that have been contaminated with the feces from infected humans or animals.  

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