The Independence Health Department has asked two privately owned pools to voluntarily close because of suspected cases related to a microscopic parasite that causes flu-like symptoms, including diarrhea.

The Independence Health Department has asked two privately owned pools to voluntarily close because of suspected cases related to a microscopic parasite that causes flu-like symptoms, including diarrhea.


One of the unnamed pools had already reopened as of Wednesday afternoon, said Andrew Warlen, the city’s environmental public health manager. The status of the other pool, also unnamed, was not immediately known.


Health Department staff members do test for chlorine and pH levels at pools, but the department does not routinely do bacteriological or spore testing, Warlen said. If a pool is suspected of cryptosporidium, a microscopic parasite that causes prolonged watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, dehydration and other symptoms, the Health Department recommends that the pool is hyperchlorinated or that the pool staff contract with a separate company to perform the testing.


“We had no lab testing to confirm that there was cryptosporidiosis,” Warlen said. “However, there were two people who were diagnosed with cryptosporidium and they had been swimming at those pools, so we asked (the pools) to voluntarily close and hyperchlorinate.”


Check out Thursday’s edition of The Examiner for more information on this story, including the potential effect on the only city-owned pool, Adventure Oasis Water Park.