KCDC have issued a statement about cryptosporidium in our community which were linked to cases to the Raumati splash pad.
Their social media statement says they are working collaboratively with Regional Public Health (RPH) and have had confirmation that there haven’t been any new cases of crypto linked to the splash pad since its reopening on 14 February.
Although standard chlorine treatment doesn’t remove the bug, the intermittent use of ‘super chlorination’ (using very high levels of chlorine) does. The splash pad has been treated with super chlorination over the past weeks, however, crypto can be reintroduced by visitors immediately after treatment.
KCDC are reminding people that have been sick with diarrhoea or a tummy upset not to swim in public pools or play at splash pads for at least two weeks. Bugs like crypto can spread from hands to surfaces, toys, food, and water, and have an incubation period of two to 12 days, with seven days being the typical period.
The Council has put up signage at all aquatic facilities and we are working with RPH to ensure that systems are in place to reduce the risk to our community.
For more information about crypto and how to manage it, check out Regional Public Health’s website.