A flu-like germ caused Kansas City pools to close before labor day weekend.
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A flu-like germ caused Kansas City pools to close before labor day weekend.

Date: September 1, 2011
By: Ashley Massow
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: 
The final weekend of pool season was cut short by a flu-like germ in Kansas City.
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OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: 12 Pools were forced to close or over chlorinate this week as the flu-like germ, Cryptosporidium, spread in the Kansas City, Kansas area.

Symptoms of this common infection include; diarrhea, nausea and fever. 

The Pollution Control Director of the Johnson County Environmental Department, Betsy Betros, says it is working with pools to address the problem.

Actuality:  KCPOOLS.WAV
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Description: "If you do have any of those symptoms, because there is the outbreak, you might think it's stomach flu. But really, you need to contact your doctor and let them make that determination."

 Currently there are 75 confirmed cases in the Kansas City area.

From Jefferson City, I'm Ashley Massow.

Intro: 
Some pools in Kansas City won't be open this Labor day weekend due to flu-like germs.
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OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: The last weekend of the summer may be hot, but some pools in Kansas City won't be open. A parasite called Cryptosporidium, or Crypto, has become a problem in several community pools.

The Pollution Control Director of the Johnson County Environmental Department, Betsy Betros, says they may continue to find cases as doctors realize there is an outbreak.

Actuality:  KCPOOLS2.WAV
Run Time:  00:07
Description: "In Johnson County we've got 75 confirmed cases... and that's where they've actually had the stool samples analyzed for the Crypto."

Symptoms of Crypto include diarrhea, nausea and fever.

Betros thinks closing the pools will help put a cap on this growing problem.

From the Jefferson City, I'm Ashley Massow.

Intro: 
Some Kansas City pools are closing this weekend due to flu-like germ outbreak.
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OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: If you were planning on going to a Kansas City pool on Labor day, you might want to spend your weekend elsewhere. Pools in Kansas City had an outbreak of Cryptosporidium, or Crypto, this week.

The Pollution Control Director of the Johnson County Environmental Department, Betsy Betros says there are 75 confirmed cases in the Kansas City, Kansas area.

Actuality:  KCPOOL3.WAV
Run Time:  00:08
Description: "If for example you've got a person who is contaminated that gets in a swimming pool, and any fecal matter gets in the pool, that could be a mode of transmission."

Betros thinks closing some pools this weekend will help put a cap on the growing problem.

From Jefferson City, I'm Ashley Massow.


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