Dallas, Fort Worth Areas Battle Water Parasite

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) - The water in all 28 public swim and spray
facilities in Dallas will be hyperchlorinated as a precaution for a
parasite that may be linked to the death of a 6-year-old girl.
Officials say the parasite, known as crypto for the parasitic
infection cryptosporidiosis, has sickened swimmers in Dallas and
Tarrant counties in recent weeks.
On Monday, Rosemary Stagaman of Richardson died at Medical City
Dallas Hospital and the Dallas County medical examiner's office
will determine the cause of death.
Her father told The Dallas Morning News that she did swim but he
did not know what killed her.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports at least 67 cases of
crypto-related cases connected to Burger's Lake in Fort Worth had
been confirmed.
Various suburban areas are taking precautions such as
temporarily closing and hyperchlorinating the water in their
facilities.
Officials said high levels of chlorine can help kill one of the
causes of the waterborne disease.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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