Goodyear pool tests positive for "Crypto" parasite

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GOODYEAR, AZ - The following is a press release from the City of Goodyear:

The City of Goodyear shut down its swimming pool and splash pad (Tuesday) morning after tests for cryptosporidium came back positive.

City officials are in the process of super-chlorinating the pool and splash pad, and expect to keep both locations closed at least until Monday, August 4.

"We'll reopen as soon as possible," said Goodyear Deputy Director Brian Barnes. "It's inconvenient, but keeping people safe is our top priority."

After learning about crypto contamination in Phoenix pools, Goodyear voluntarily tested its pool and splash pad. To date, the City has received no reports of illness or people with symptoms of the illness.

Cryptosporidium is a parasite that can cause diarrhea, nausea and stomach cramps. It is passed through the stool of an infected person or animal.

Pools throughout the Valley, including Phoenix and Mesa, have been closed recently, after cryptosporidium sickened people or contaminated the water.

Goodyear Swimming Pool is located at 420 E. Loma Linda Blvd. The Splash Pad is located at Goodyear Community Park, 3151 N. Litchfield Rd.

Mesa Pool Information Below:

MESA -- A health scare has prompted the closure of more Valley public swimming pools.

Goodyear tests positive for "Crypto"

Mesa city officials announced that they will be super-chlorinating their city pools to guard against a parasite that caused Phoenix to close its public swimming pools earlier this month.

Two Mesa pools were closed last week due to concerns over a parasite called cryptosporidium. While the pools were reopened when the water tested clear, the city isn't taking any chances.

Mesa will close each of its seven other public pools for 24 hours to treat the water.

The parasite, which goes by the shortened name and is spread through feces, can cause flu-like symptoms, including diarrhea.

This all started when several people reported getting sick after swimming in Phoenix's Starlight pool earlier this month. The city closed and treated all of its locations as a precaution. Of those who were ill, only two cases were confirmed as cryptosporidiosis.

Crypto later showed up at Tempe Splash Playground. In addition to "shocking" the pool, operators also installed a UV disinfecting system.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.