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STATEMENT FROM THE OUTBREAK CONTROL TEAM INVESTIGATING THE CRYPTOSPORIDIOSIS OUTBREAK IN SOUTHSIDE OF GLASGOW

September 19, 2003 5:03 PM

Seven new confirmed cases of Cryptosporidiosis have been linked to Eastwood Pool. This brings to total of confirmed cases directly linked to the pool to 14.

Investigations are continuing into the source of the outbreak although the pool is believed to be the most likely source.

Dr Helene Irvine, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, said: "This outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis, which we believe is linked to swimming at Eastwood Pool, is affecting more people because health professionals are actively searching for cases of illness – people who were exposed to Cryptosporidium during August and the first week of September this year.

"Because the pool was closed as soon as the outbreak was identified, there have, fortunately been no risk of anyone else becoming exposed."

Cryptosporidium is a parasite that survives easily for long periods in water in the form of ‘an egg' (known as an oocyst), and can cause illness in humans.

Symptoms of the illness – known as cryptosporidiosis – usually begin between one and 12 days after infection and can include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fever, stomach cramps and diarrhoea.

Although it can be contracted by a number of different means, drinking unboiled contaminated water containing oocysts is the most likely cause of significant outbreaks in the UK.

So how dangerous is Cryptosporidium to humans? There are many different types of the parasite and not all of them will cause problems in humans. Most healthy people will recover within ten to 14 days.

 

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Information:

NHS Greater Glasgow Press Office – 0141 201 4429 (24 hours)

East Renfrewshire Council Press Office - 07899 878669 (24 hours)

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