The City of Marshall has voluntarily closed its Aquatic Center operations to the public after being notified by the Minnesota Department of Health of two confirmed cases of cryptosporidium from people who reported using the Aquatic Center. The regular morning swimming lessons are under way with a safety day which includes non-water access activities. Wacky Waters Day scheduled for today has been cancelled and will be rescheduled. The City intends to re-open at regular operating hours Friday following completion of treatments.
Cryptosporidium is one of the most common waterborne diseases in the United States and is frequently found in recreational water. Symptoms include watery diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramps and a slight fever. If you believe you have these symptoms contact your health care provider. Anyone who has been diagnosed with cryptosporidium or who has symptoms of diarrhea should not swim while they have diarrhea and for 14 days after their symptoms end.
More information about cryptosporidium can be found at www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/cryptosporidiosis/crypto.html
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