(Dublin) – The Ballantrae Community Park Spray Fountains are closed effective Wednesday, August 14 through Friday, August 16 for precautionary cryptosporidium (crypto) treatment.
The Franklin County Board of Health reports an individual with a case of crypto may have recently visited the Spray Fountains.
The Spray Fountains are expected to reopen Saturday, August 17. For updates visit: dublinohiousa.gov/recreation-services/aquatics
It is not uncommon to see cases of crypto during swimming pool, spray fountain, splash pad and water park season. Crypto is a germ that causes diarrhea, spread by swallowing water that has been contaminated with fecal matter containing crypto. It can also be spread from human to human contact.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms include diarrhea, stomach cramps or pain, dehydration, nausea, vomiting, fever and weight loss. Those experiencing any symptoms should seek treatment. For more information visit: cdc.gov/parasites/crypto
While the City of Dublin’s pools are tested regularly by staff and the Franklin County Board of Health, and there have been no reports of water related illness within our facilities, it is always a potential threat. Therefore we remind all patrons that when heading to a pool or spray fountain:
- Do not swim when you have diarrhea and for two weeks after you recovered.
- Do not urinate or defecate in the water.
- Take a shower/bath before going in the water.
- Wash hands with soap and water after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before eating.
- Change diapers in a bathroom and not by the pool.
- Take kids on frequent bathroom breaks and check diapers often.
- Avoid swallowing any water and keep it out of your mouth.
- Only swim diapers are permitted in Dublin facilities, regular diapers are prohibited.
For more safe swimming tips visit: dublinohiousa.gov/aquatics/healthy-swimming
Sarah McQuaide, Public Information Officer
614.410.4523 – Desk
614.593.9438 – Cell