Reportedly, a Richardson girl’s death might be linked to the parasite cryptosporidium. If you plan on taking the kids swimming, to a water park or to a spray park this weekend, you might think twice. Reports of illness due to the crypto virus are far exceeding the average, plus many parks and pools are closing this weekend for hyper chlorination to kill or prevent the parasite. Some of you notified me yesterday that the Knights of Columbus Pool in Lake Highlands distributed a letter explaining that two separate cases of crypto were reported to them. The flyer apparently went on to notify members what measures they’d taken — such as twice hyper-chlorinating the pool —to ensure safe swimming. City officials say swimmers should check with the respective pools/parks to see if they are open before braving the waters. And I’d suggest you also check to see what measures they’ve taken to ensure their water isn’t contaminated.

I’m not one for public water play, myself. I was at Schlitterbahn water park last summer —the place was packed fence to fence with people, yet when I visited the restroom it was a ghost town. No lines; no crowds. Even in the women’s bathroom. After my visit to that lonely bathroom, I didn’t look at the water quite the same.

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