Persons who were planning to visit area aquatic centers during the Labor Day weekend will have to make other plans.
The Gardner and Spring Hill aquatic centers have been closed for the season following a health warning issued by the Johnson County Health Department.
Last week, the county health department strongly recommended that all pools in Johnson County be closed due to the threat of Cryptosporidiosis (Crypto), a disease caused by the protozoan Cryptosporidium parvum and that can be spread from person to person through food or water.
The county health department said numerous Johnson Countians have been diagnosed with the disease.
“We have come to the decision to follow the recomendation given by the county health department and close (the Aquatic Center),” said Jeff Stewart, Gardner parks and recreation director. “To my knowledge, everyone else has, too.”
The Gardner Aquatic Center’s season was to end Labor Day weekend.
Stewart intitially told The Gardner News he planned to super clorinate the pool as a precautionary measure, but said that would be a futile effort if someone were to reintroduce the parasite into the water.
“Then you’re back at square one,” Stewart said.
Stewart added that no cases of Crypto have been reported in Gardner.
Spring Hill also closed its aquatic center as a result of the health hazard.
City leaders believe closing the aquatic center for the remainder of the season is the safest and most responsible course of action, according to a press release issued by the city.
The cities of Lenexa, Shawnee, Prairie Village and Fairway have also closed their pools.
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-per
See GARDNER, page 8
From GARDNER, page 1
son 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.
Gardner, SH to close aquatic centers for the season following health scare