Tests clean

Marlborough Express - - NEWS -

An aquatic cen­tre in Blen­heim closed af­ter a di­ar­rhoea out­break could re­open later this week. Four pools at the Marl­bor­ough Lines Sta­dium 2000 were forced to close amid fears they might have been con­tam­i­nated with cryp­tosporid­ium; a par­a­site that can lead to se­vere stom­ach cramps and di­ar­rhoea. Sta­dium 2000 chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Tredin­nick said ini­tial tests had come back clear and he hoped to re­open the pools on Wed­nes­day fol­low­ing a sec­ond test. The aquatic cen­tre could not re­open un­til the re­peat tests showed no con­tam­i­na­tion, he said. Nel­son Marl­bor­ough Dis­trict Health Board med­i­cal of­fi­cer of health Ed Kid­dle said if the fol­low-up tests came back neg­a­tive the pool would be free to re­open. But a neg­a­tive re­sult did not mean the cases were not linked to the pool, Kid­dle said. ‘‘We may never see any pos­i­tive re­sults linked to this,’’ he said. Tredin­nick said the pools went through an ex­tra clean­ing process on Satur­day, af­ter they were closed on Fri­day. ‘‘A sec­ond set of pool wa­ter sam­ples is cur­rently be­ing hand-de­liv­ered to Massey Univer­sity for test­ing to en­sure the least dis­rup­tion time for cus­tomers. ‘‘We re­main con­cerned at any health is­sues and sup­port the pub­lic health of­fi­cials in their work to en­sure ev­ery­one is care­ful with hy­giene.’’

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