Bug forces pool closure

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It has been confirmed that Arbroath Swimming Pool has been shut to the public following discovery of a parasite.

The pool at Arbroath Sports Centre will remain closed until Angus Council and health officials are satisfied it has been cleansed of the cryptosporidium bug.

A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “Angus Council and NHS Tayside have been investigating a small number of recent cryptosporidium cases. Early investigations identified that some of those affected had recently used the swimming pool at Arbroath Sports Centre. The council took the precaution of closing the pool while further investigations were carried out.

“Tests have now found cryptosporidium in the pool and remedial action is underway. The pool will remain closed until all remedial works have been completed and further test results are satisfactory.”

Cryptosporidium is spread through contact with infected food, water and animals, including person to person spread.

The cryptosporidium bug can cause diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach cramps and a slight fever.

Most cases are mild and improve without specific treatment. However, cryptosporidium infection can produce a severe illness in those whose immune systems are compromised.

Anyone diagnosed with cryptosporidium should not use swimming pools until two weeks after symptoms cleared.