Mark Taylor
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Gardner Parks and Recreation officials are performing a “super chlorination” on the Aquatic Center as a preventative measure amid reports of a parasitic disease being reported across Johnson County.
County health officials on Aug. 26 reported that some persons had been diagnosed with Cryptosporidiosis (Crypto), a disease caused by the protozoan Cryptosporidium parvum and can be spread from person to person through food or water.
Although the Gardner pool’s season ends this weekend, Jeff Stewart, Gardner director of parks and recreation, said the department is taking no chances.
“We are being proactive,” Stewart said, adding that no cases of Crypto have been reported in Gardner, nor has the parks and recreation department been contacted directly by the health department.
According to county health officials, “Crypto is spread by contact with the stool of infected persons or animals, consumption of contaminated
food or water, and by person-to-person or animal-to-animal contact.”
Symptoms – which include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, nausea and vomiting — usually appear  two to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria and can last from one to two weeks.
However, Crypto can still be spread for two weeks after symptoms have gone away.
Crypto is said to be chlorine resistant and can survive for days in chlorine-treated water.
Regular handwashing with soap and warm water may help prevent the spread of Crypto.
Persons who develop the symptoms of Crypto are urged to contact their doctor.
For more information call the Johnson County Health Department at (913) 826-1303.