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Swimming pool re-opens after closure due to crypto outbreak

WHITEFISH BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A swimming pool in suburban Milwaukee will re-open Friday, after it was closed for 10 days due to an outbreak from cryptosporidium. 

The North Shore Health Department had asked the Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay to shut the pool temporarily, to help stop the spread of the crypto parasite. 

The center's director, Mark Shapiro, said some its members were among those who got sick. He tells WISN-TV in Milwaukee that the pool was emptied, cleaned, and re-grouted before new water was put in. 

Health officials blamed water from swimming pools for the crypto outbreak. 

Nineteen people became sick as of Monday. No new cases have been reported since then, but officials say folks are still being tested. 

The crypto parasite spreads through water and food. It killed over 100 people and made 400,000 others sick in 1993, when crypto got into Milwaukee's drinking water.