Johnson County, Kansas health officials are reporting three cases of the parasitic infection, cryptosporidiosis, linked to pools in the cities of Overland Park and Shawnee.
The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) is working closely with pool operators in Overland Park and Shawnee for cautionary measures to close and/or treat those known swimming pools with which infected individuals had contact.
The Overland Park affected swimming pool is privately owned and managed by a homes’ association. The City of Overland Park has posted notice that the pool is closed.
The City of Shawnee has taken proactive steps in order to protect swimmers at pools that are owned and operated by the City. This includes performing a shock treatment to the pool which completely clears any potential danger from the water. JCDHE is working with the pool operator on the treatment of the affected privately owned homes’ association pool.
JCDHE has determined that there is no public health risk at Shawnee’s city pools and that they are safe for the public to continue to visit and swim in.
“At this time, we have three confirmed cases and are tracking a few more possible cases in the community,” said Lougene Marsh, JCDHE director. “We encourage everyone to wash their hands frequently and ensure their children take frequent breaks from the pool to prevent accidents.”