Public Health England (PHE) and Swindon Borough Council are aware that the Oasis Swimming Pool in Swindon, run by Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) will be reopening this weekend (10-11 September).
The pool was closed recently following a number of reported cases of cryptosporidium in visitors to the pool and testing results showing the presence of the parasite in the pool’s water.
Cryptosporidiosis is more common during the spring and summer months and PHE has been working with local authority colleagues from Swindon, Cheltenham, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, Stroud and Wiltshire, as well as water providers where cases have been more prevalent than usual, to fully investigate.
Cryptosporidiosis is predominantly a waterborne disease and infection can be caused by drinking contaminated water or swallowing contaminated water in swimming pools or streams. It can also be acquired by animal and human contact. Symptoms include: watery diarrhoea, stomach pains, dehydration, weight loss and fever.
Anyone can get cryptosporidiosis, but it is most common in young children aged between 1 and 5 years and in most healthy people the symptoms are selflimiting.
Dr Toyin Ejidokun, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for Public Health England South West, said: “The pool operators have provided evidence to PHE and other partners including Swindon Borough Council regarding the water sampling and recommended remedial action that was recommended following the discovery of cryptosporidium at the pool and we are aware that the pool is reopening this weekend.
“We strongly advise anyone suffering with a diarrhoeal illness not to swim until two weeks after their symptoms have stopped. It is important to always shower immediately before entering any swimming pool. Preventative measures such as these improve swimming for all and reduce the risk of infection.
“We encourage people to continue swimming as normal because it’s a an enjoyable activity and part of a healthy lifestyle.”
Dr Ayo Oyinloye, Public Health Consultant at Swindon Borough Council, said: “It is good news that the pool water, following sampling, has been found to be clear of cryptosporidium and we are pleased that the national Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group is satisfied with the action taken by the pool operators to address this issue.
“Pool users also now have a vital role to play in ensuring that the pool water remains free from this bug. We therefore ask everyone to be vigilant of hygiene precautions, including staying out of the water if you have diarrhoea and showering thoroughly before entering the water. This applies to all pools and we hope people continue to enjoy going swimming as it’s a really healthy, fun activity for the whole family.”
Better is promoting the reopening of the pool by charging just £1 to rediscover what’s on offer at the Oasis.