Hoping to prevent a repeat of the record
cryptosporidium outbreaks of last summer, Utah
health officials are proposing tough new rules. Among them
is a provision that forbids anyone from swimming who has
had diarrhea in the previous two weeks and requiring swim
diapers for toddlers.
The swim diaper proposal would make tight-fitting swim
diapers mandatory for all swimmers under age 3. In an
effort to curb last summer?s outbreak, toddlers
were banned shortly after Labor Day, and some experts
supported banning toddlers again this summer. Others argued
that the cost to facilities would make a blanket ban
?Utah is notorious for large families,?
said Martin Jensen, spokesperson for Salt Lake County
public pools. ?Any time you have a family coming to
the pool, you?re going to have
In addition to the regulations, which were developed by
a team that includes health officials and aquatics
professionals, experts agree that public education is key
in preventing another outbreak.
The Utah Department of Health has developed
informational materials and PSAs, and health officials are
stepping up campaigns state wide.
Besides state requirements, some local agencies are
adopting their own policies.
Salt Lake County, which recorded 684 crypto
cases during the 2007 outbreak period, is installing UV
filtration systems in each of its 18 public pools.
?It?s not a magic bullet, but these
systems are one component that we hope will make our pools
safer,? Jensen said.
Lewis Garrett, director of health at the Davis County
Health Department, and one of the officials who provided
input to the proposed state guidelines, plans to
?adopt the pool rules as revised? without
any additional restrictions. ?Ideally, UV
disinfection [at every pool in Utah] would be the gold
standard and we?ll move toward that. [Given the
available resources], I?d say the [proposal on the
table] is the most ?doable,??
Following standard procedure, the new regulations have
been submitted for a 30-day public comment period before