It's safe to swim at Cocks Moors again say pool bosses

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Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre swimming pool re-opens today after receiving clearance from Public Health England to do so.

The pool had been closed since May after children swimming there became ill with sickness and diarrhoea. Public health officials found it was due to a chlorine-resistant bug cryptosporidium - most likely from an infected person swimming there.

Birmingham Community Leisure Trust, which runs the pool on behalf of the city council says it has undertaken a through deep clean of the pool and filters and there has been further independent testing.

“We are content that all traces of cryptosporidium have been removed from the pool and there is no risk to the health of the public,” said Dr Huda Mohamed, consultant with PHE West Midlands Health Protection Team.

“The Trust has taken the matter very seriously and we are both reassured and extremely satisfied with the extensive action they have undertaken. There have been no new cases linked to the pool since its closure.”

When infected, cryptosporidiosis can remain in the body for up to three weeks. It mainly affects under fives and can be spread by those infected not washing their hands properly after using the toilet.

In welcoming swimmers back to Cocks Moors the Trust chairman Bryan Taylor said: “we would like to take the opportunity to stress the importance of following good pool etiquette, which plays an important role in ensuring that external contaminants are not introduced to the water.”

While the pool has been closed, Cocks Moors has taken the opportunity to crack on with major refurbishment of the changing areas into what it describes as 'village style' changing with ample cubicle space. This will be further expanded during July when work is completed in the space that used to be the male changing area. As part of the new approach, everyone will be required to wear disposable overshoes in both the changing areas and poolside.

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