TARPON SPRINGS — The city's splash park will be closed today because three people who contracted illnesses from a parasite visited the park in late July, according to the county health department.
The city will treat and replace the water. The park should reopen Saturday at 10 a.m.
Cryptosporidium, commonly referred to as crypto, is a germ that causes prolonged diarrhea. It spreads in pools when people swallow water that has been infected by fecal matter containing the germ, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Young children, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems are more likely to become seriously ill once infected.
The CDC recommends that people practice good hygiene and avoid swallowing any water. Parents should not change children's diapers near the water.