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Waterborne parasite closes splash park

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If your kids took a dip at the Tarpon Springs Splash Park last month, there's a health alert you should be aware of.

Pinellas County health officials confirmed three cases of cryptosporidium, known often as just 'crypto.' It's a parasite that's spread through water, especially swimming pools.

Some symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps.

All three patients went to the park around July 4. The city replaced and treated the water last week, even though they are not convinced that the park was the source of the illnesses.

"The Department of Health has informed us that the likelihood of our park being the source of these three cases of cryptosporidium is unlikely due to the nature of the filtration system and the fact that the park and equipment are new," a Friday morning city press release stated.

Either way, the splash park will remain closed Friday but will reopen Saturday after crews swap out the sand in the filtration system -- a task that's normally only performed once every 10 years.

"We would like to reiterate that we take the health of our park patrons very seriously," the city's press release continued. "The city will complete the deep cleaning of the system today and the park will reopen Saturday at 10 a.m."

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