I think the last time poo in a swimming pool received this much attention it was in the movie Caddyshack and it involved a candy bar and not human generated organic material. This time the threat and the offensive material are real and there's a really good chance you've been exposed if you've been in a public or private swimming pool recently.

The culprit is known to the scientific community as cryptosporidium. It's often referred to as "crypto" for short. It's a parasite that is spread by feces. One of the most common ways it's spread is through swimming pool water.

Let's face it, there's only a thin strip of material separating the difference between societal approved norms for public bathing and just old fashioned skinny dippin'. Since we all tend to put our bottoms in the water while in the pool, that's how the spread of crypto begins.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta says this parasite can be dangerous for small children, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems. The parasite can also wreck your day if you're in good health too. I am assuming no one reading this narrative is hoping to acquire stomach cramps and watery diarrhea. 

The CDC says chlorine and filters can't stop the parasite but there is a simple solution to minimize your chances of acquiring it. Simply rinse off in the shower when you're done in the pool. Oh and if you have had diarrhea recently don't get into the pool for a few days following your return to regularity. Your fellow swimmers will appreciate you for it.

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