Regional Public Health confirms no new crypto cases linked to splash pad
Kāpiti Coast District Council has been working collaboratively with Regional Public Health (RPH) and has had confirmation that there have not been any new cases of cryptosporidium linked to the Raumati splash pad since its reopening on 14 February.
Although standard chlorine treatment doesn’t remove the bug, the intermittent use of ‘super chlorination’ (using very high levels of chlorine) does. The splash pad has been treated with super chlorination over the past weeks, however, crypto can be reintroduced by visitors immediately after treatment.
Council is advising people that have been sick with diarrhoea or a tummy upset not to swim in public pools or play at splash pads for at least two weeks. Bugs like crypto can spread from hands to surfaces, toys, food, and water, and have an incubation period of two to 12 days, with seven days being the typical period.
Signage is up at all of Council’s aquatic facilities to remind people about this, and our Environmental Health team is working with RPH to ensure that systems are in place to reduce the risk to our community.
For more information about crypto and how to manage it, check out Regional Public Health’s website.