BLOUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- After closing this past weekend due to the possible presence of parasite Cryptosporidium, Spring Valley Beach Water Park hopes to be back open this weekend, August 20 and 21.
"We were advised of a possible outbreak by an actual consumer who called late Friday, August 12," said Dr. Mary McIntyre, an administrator on the case from the Alabama Department of Public Health. "We did send environmentalists there [Monday, August 15] to take water samples."
The Centers for Disease Control website calls the parasite “very tolerant to chlorine disinfection.” It is often transferred in recreational water, according to the CDC.
According to a post on Spring Valley Beach's Facebook page, the water park is expecting results on the water testing by Wednesday afternoon, but will start treating the water by super chlorination before then.
Dr. McIntyre noted symptoms of Cryptosporidium infection include stomach cramps and pain, nausea, vomiting, and fever, with the most common symptom being watery diarrhea. She advises anyone who has had these symptoms to stay out of recreational water for at least two weeks after the symptoms disappear to prevent further spread of the sickness.
If you have any of these symptoms and have been to Spring Valley Beach Water Park recently, please seek the care of a physician and then have your physician report your case to the Alabama Department of Public Health.