[REPOSTED FROM EREV SHABBOS] Dr. Allen Lempel reached out to TLS in an effort to alert the community about the spread and outbreak of the GI infection in Lakewood.
Gastrointestinal infections are viral, bacterial or parasitic infections that cause gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract involving both the stomach and the small intestine. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
Dr. Lempel says he in touch with an infectious disease expert, who says the parasite can be eradicated by shocking pools and Mikvaos (if you don’t know how to shock the pool or Mikvah, ask the caretaker).
The doctor recommended this be done immediately, before Shabbos.
Take note, after shocking a pool or Mikvah, you should avoid going into the body of water for at least 45 minutes.