I Saw Cryptosporidium Play Live, and They Were Awesome

But if you are one of the 16 people in Tarrant County to be infected with the disease, you probably don’t ever want to hear that word again. And to keep anyone else from getting sick, Arlington is closing its public pools today to treat them. That includes having to “hyperchlorinate” each pool, which makes my eyes very red. Same thing that happened at the concert, in fact, but that was due to very different circumstances.


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11 responses to “I Saw Cryptosporidium Play Live, and They Were Awesome”

  1. Puddin'Tane says:

    “Hyper chlorinate”= aka shocking the pool.

    Basic pool maintenance.

  2. amanda says:

    I thought crypto was impervious to chlorine, they make little shells to protect themselves.

  3. Wes Mantooth says:

    If only Tarrant County had listened to important news reports almost 8 years ago. Maybe they can adopt “Crypty” as their mascot too:


  4. j.d.w... says:

    Wes Mantooth wins!

  5. Spamboy says:

    As Ralph Wiggam once said, “My face is on fire!”

  6. Oh My Eyes says:

    Crypto is also found in poorly treated water in homes, restaurants, and in places with poorly maintained ice machines.

    I attended John Thomas’ funeral many years back… and while he has fought back many of the complications of AIDS, it was the crypto he got that finally killed him.

    Crypto is also bad for children, the elderly…and for those with compromised immune systems.

  7. the cynic says:

    There’s a big difference between a stagnant swimming hole and chlorinated, filtered and recirculated water at public facilities. Sounds more like media hype and typical political knee-jerk reaction.

    Don’t they do a similar story around here every summer? Seems like last year it was some parasite that was introduced thru mouth and nose when kids dove into stagnant water.

    Last one in the pool gets a Crypto t-shirt!

  8. buck says:

    Yes, we have a stagnant water problem in lakes.

    This was not stagnant water. This was from too many babies and diapers and maybe dogs in the pool.

  9. the cynic says:

    ewwww. Being a visual person is a curse sometimes. Change that t-shirt to: Please curb your pets and kids.

  10. Rich Sheridan says:

    A Tale from the Crypto, An Unnecessary Threat to Our Children, and To Us.

    Presented to the Dallas City Council by Rich Sheridan, P.E. , Professional Engineer, New York ·Activist

    Wednesday, August 13, 2008

    Crypto, or cryptosporidium has been putting a scare, putting fear into many Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex families. Over 100 people have become ill, and one child may have died to-date from this insidious organism. What is Cryptosporidium? It’s a parasite protected by an outer shell that makes it very resistant to chlorine disinfection. The illness begins when this tiny one-celled parasite enters your body, and travels to your small intestine. Cryptosporidium, which means “hidden spore,” then begins its life cycle inside your body – burrowing into the walls of your intestines, sucking off your bodily fluids, and then later being shed in your feces. While this parasite can be transmitted in several different ways, water is a common method of transmission and Cryptosporidium is one of the most frequent causes of waterborne disease (drinking water and recreational water). Symptoms of crypto infection generally begin 2 to 10 days (average 7 days) after becoming infected with the parasite. The most common symptom of crypto disease is watery diarrhea. Other symptoms include, stomach cramps or pain, dehydration, nausea, vomiting, fever, and weight loss. A crypto infection can lead to death. The most suseptable are the young, the old, and the AIDS/HIV infected. (Ref: Center for Disease Control)
    The first major outbreak of cryptosporidium disease happen in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where over 400,000 people became ill, and over 100 people died. Prior to the Milwaukee incident, there were two or three other outbreaks of crypto from drinking the municipal water supply in other cities. The Milwaukee outbreak caused the addition of ozonation treatment at the Milwaukee water treatment plant, and at many other water treatmant plants around the country. Las Vegas, Nevada, where 32 people died from crypto, was the last major city to install ozonation equipment in 2003 at a cost of 120 million dollars for this 500 million gallons per day (mgd) plant. Dallas installed ozonation treatment at its water treatment plants in 2002, with the world’s largest ozonation plant in the world built at the Elm Fork plant. The cost was about $100 million for this 330 mgd plant.

    Are we at the same point historically today as we were in 1993 in Milwaukee? Going in a swimming pool today is something like playing Crypto-infection Russian Roulette, is it not? And why is it that we have to have to have this threat among us? The technology is there to eliminate cryptosporidium from our swimming pools. Whether ozonation, or ultraviolet light as Lewisville does their pools, or silver treatment, most citizens would gladly welcome the addition of a technology that would keep their children safe, keep our grandparents safe, keep our AID/HIV infected population safe, keep all of us safe…would they not?

    To address the crypto situation, municipalities around the metroplex, Dallas included, are super-chlorinating on a weekly basis, raising chlorine dosages well above the typical dosages to kill the crypto. It’s done weekly because Crypto can show up within a few days of super-chlorinating. During the super-chlorination, the pools are shut down because the chlorine levels are harmful to swimmers. At what level is chlorine not harmful to people? My good friend Maureine Pierce, with the advice from her doctor, would go swimming as part of her hip replacement recovery thearapy. After a few days, Mauriene would have uncontrollable coughing spells throughout the day and evening. After reporting this to her doctor he advised her to stop going to the pool. Chlorine has been connected to heart disease, cancer, and asthma.

    Yes, it is time for Change, Big Change. Our Crypto situation is just another sign of our tax money going to Special Interests. People are now suffering and dying from these Special Interests, whether from Crypto, or from fuel and electric costs, or from the lack of food, or from the War we are now in.