- Friday 06 March 2009
Noosa Aquatic Centre closed one of its pools today until further notice following an outbreak of a common intestinal disease known as Cryptosporidiosis (or Crypto).
Queensland Health today confirmed that the presence of Crypto is limited to the Learn to Swim facility at the centre. The pool will be treated and retested over the weekend before reopening on clearance from Queensland Health.
The 25m and 50m pools at the Noosa Aquatic Centre are not affected and will remain open.
The centre operates in accordance with Queensland Health guidelines and this is the first time that Crypto has been detected in one of its swimming pools.
A Queensland Health spokesman has confirmed that water quality management procedures at the centre meet the required standards, including a faecal spill response plan.
To prevent further spread of Crypto, public health advice is to practice high levels of hygiene, keep small children with diarrhoea home from school, preschool, childcare or playgroups. Food handlers and health care workers should stay away from work until diarrhoea has completely stopped. People are advised not to share linen or towels until two week after diarrhoea has stopped.
Importantly, anyone sick with diarrhoea should not go to public swimming pools until at least two weeks after their symptoms have abated.
Further information is available from Noel Cowell, Queensland Health, on 5409 6600 or Charlie Eames from the Sunshine Coast Regional Council on 5449 5334.