Ban lifted at swimming pools |

Ban lifted at swimming pools

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

The restrictions imposed upon swimming pools in August because of an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis in Utah have been lifted, state health officials said.

Pool owners are no longer required to treat pools and maintain higher levels of chlorine and anyone who needs to wear diapers, regardless of age, is being allowed back into swimming pools.

More than 1,900 cases of cryptosporidiosis were reported in the state since June 1, according to officials at the Utah Department of Health.

"However, in the last three weeks, that level has dropped drastically to only six additional cases," a Department of Health news release states. "As a result, health officials believe the public’s health will not be jeopardized by lifting the extra requirements."

Still, officials stressed that people with diarrhea should avoid swimming until two weeks after the symptoms have ended.

Of at least six people in Summit County who caught the parasite, most had been swimming outside the county, Summit County Health Department spokeswoman Katie Mullaly explained.

During the outbreak, children younger than five years old were not allowed to swim.

People in Summit County who had cryptosporidium were tested for the parasite in August, Mullaly said.

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