The Oasis pool is to be temporarily closed following the discovery of bacteria, which can cause waterborne diarrhoeal illness Cryptosporidiosis, also known as ‘Crypto’.
The team at the Oasis took the voluntary measure to close as a precaution, as reported cases of Crypto in the South West have risen over the Summer, including in Swindon.
A representative for Swindon Borough Council said: ” Crypto is mainly waterborne and can be caused by drinking contaminated water or swallowing water in swimming pools or other water sources, such as streams or lakes.
“The bacteria can survive even in properly chlorinated pools and the illness can also be caused by animal and human contact. However it’s important to note that not all of the reported cases in Swindon had recently been swimming.”
Operators at the Oasis have decided to take the closure opportunity to carry out other routine maintenance works, which is due to take several weeks. Oasis staff have advised families and others to use alternative facilities such as the Link Centre and the Health Hydro whilst the pool is closed.
The SBC representative continued: “People are encouraged to continue swimming as normal but, as always to practise good hygiene, including showering thoroughly before entering the water and if you have diarrhoea to avoid swimming until 48hrs after symptoms have passed.”