Look Out For Parasite “Crypto” in Drinking and Swimming Water This Summer


Cryptosporidium, or “crypto,” is a water-borne parasite that causes a disease called cryptosporidiosis. Crypto is the leading cause of diarrhea caused by contact with water. Summer is the worst season for crypto, as the hot temperatures create ideal conditions for the virus to thrive. Over the past decade, the number of reported crypto cases has been rising as outbreaks become more frequent. Here are some tips for how to avoid catching this water-borne pathogen. Crypto Facts Listed below are some statistics from the CDC about the scope of the crypto problem: The number of outbreaks increased approximately 13% on average…

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Safety First for the Fourth: Some Pool and Water Guidelines


In conjunction with the Fourth of July holiday celebrations, many families head to the pool or the beach.  As with any family outing, especially those involving water, keeping common sense safety tips in mind is critical. Listed below are a few reminders for helping make your family’s Fourth of July safer: Keep an eye on the kids – Drowning is the second most common cause of injury death for children under age 14. Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children age 0-4 in Maryland and third leading cause for those aged 5-14. Drowning can even occur when…

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How to Avoid Drowning Risks This Summer


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that roughly 3,500 people drown each year in non-boating related accidents. Drownings can occur in swimming pools, spas, lakes and other bodies of water. There are multiple ways you could reduce the risk of a drowning accident this summer. Provide supervision. If you are a parent, the American Red Cross recommends supervising your children while they are swimming. Only adults should supervise children. However, supervision is also important for adults. According to the American Red Cross, you should use the buddy system (swimming with another person) instead of swimming alone. Ensure your…

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