Super chlorination recommended after Crypto outbreak
The Shire of Broome in WA’s Kimberley region is on alert after a spike in reported Cryptosporidium cases, according to a media release issued by the council late last week. While cases aren’t necessarily rare, nine over a three-week period in Broome is uncommon enough for the WA Department of Health to urge the community to take extra precautions.
Shire of Broome Coordinator Environmental Health Andrew Waters said the WA Department of Health, WA Country Health Service and the Shire were working together to provide information and advice about preventing the spread of Cryptosporidiosis to childcare centres, schools, commercial pool operators and remote communities.
“Both the BRAC swimming pool and Town Beach water playground maintain adequate disinfection and filtration systems to kill microorganisms, but as an added precaution both the BRAC pool and Town Beach water playground were closed and super chlorinated this week,” he said.
“It’s also recommended that private pool owners who suspect an infected person has been swimming should carry out a super chlorination, with information available from the Shire website,” Waters said.
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