GA Swimming Pools Can Have Diarrhea-Causing ‘Poop Water’

New federal public health data shows cryptosporidium, a severe diarrhea-causing parasite, in public pools in Georgia. (Shutterstock)

ATLANTA, GA — The water in your local swimming pool and water park may look clean and clear, but those pristine-looking fun spots are where most people catch bugs associated with summertime parasites. Public health officials say 40 states, including Georgia, and Puerto Rico have seen an uptick in cryptosporidium, or crypto, which can cause weeks-long bouts with diarrhea.

In raw terms, new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a strong likelihood that people are spreading the disease, which can cause "profouse, watery diarrhea" for up to three weeks, by jumping into the water too soon after they’ve been sick.

In the Peach State, between 5 and 13 cases of crypto were reported during the period from 2009-2017. Health officials say crypto is spread by swallowing water polluted with fecal matter containing the parasite, which is resistant to chlorine-based disinfectants. Symptoms of crypto include watery diarrhea and abdominal cramping, and can last one to two weeks. People at greatest risk for severe illness include young children, pregnant women, and anyone with weakened immune systems.

When the poop of humans and animals infected with the parasite gets in the water — even chlorinated water, where it can survive for up to seven day — others can become sick if they swallow the contaminated water, the CDC said.

The CDC said 35 percent of outbreaks of cryptosporidiosis were linked to treated swimming pools and water playgrounds from 2009 to 2017, the latest year for which data are available. Crypto outbreaks increased annually at an average rate of 13 percent, and nearly 7,500 people were sickened in 444 Crypto outbreaks. Although cryptosporidiosis is almost never fatal, one person died during the period and 287 others required hospitalization.


Here’s what you can do to avoid the falling ill:

Don’t swim when you have diarrhea. Just one diarrheal incident can release enough germs into the water that swallowing a mouthful can cause diarrhea lasting 2-3 weeks.Don’t swallow pool water, and don’t drink water directly from streams, lakes, or other bodies of water.Practice good hygiene. Shower with soap before swimming and wash your hands with soap after using the toilet or changing diapers. Germs on your body end up in the water. But, alcohol-based hand sanitizers do not work effectively on crypto.Avoid exposing open wounds or cuts to salt or brackish water. If exposed, wash the affected area right away with soap and clean water.If you become ill, visit your primary healthcare provider.Remove shoes worn in the animal environments (for example, in barns) before going inside your home.If you drink milk or apple cider, only buy if it has been pasteurized.

The report released Friday also showed that during the period of 2009-2017:

More than a third of the 444 cases of crypto — 156 — were in swimming pools, kiddie pools and water playgrounds;Twenty-two cases originated from untreated water, such as lakes;Eight-six cases involved contact with animals, mostly cattle;Fifty-seven cases were associated with child-care settings;Twenty-two cases were foodborne, most involving unpasteurized milk or apple cider;Most cases were reported in the months of July and August, and 2016 was the peak year for outbreaks, with more than 80.
Courtesy of the CDC

Crypto is a challenging parasite to control because it has a protective outer shell that makes it difficult to kill. And not only can it survive for days in chlorinated pools and water playgrounds or on surfaces disinfected with chlorine bleach, it only takes a few germs to make someone sick.

"There can be millions of crypto germs in poop," the CDC said. "Someone sick with crypto can have diarrhea for up to three weeks."

The agency recommends that people not swim for at least two weeks after their last bout with diarrhea.

That’s important because nearly a quarter of Americans say they would jump into a swimming pool within 24 hours of a bout with diarrhea, according to a survey released last month by the Water Quality & Health Council. That report also found 51 percent of Americans report using a swimming pool as a communal bathtub, either using swimming a substitute for showering or using it to rinse off after strenuous work.

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Olive Real Estate Group and Hotel Equities Break Ground on New Marriott® Dual-Branded Hotel in Colorado Springs

Unveiled plans for SpringHill Suites® and Element® hotel to offer guests two unique experiences, one address

ATLANTA, GA AND COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, June 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Atlanta-based Hotel Equities (HE) and an affiliate of Colorado Springs-based Olive Real Estate Group broke ground on the new dual-branded SpringHill Suites by Marriott and Element by Westin in Downtown Colorado Springs. Expected to open in 2021, the dual-branded hotel will be the first-ever combination of these two powerful and distinct brands from the Marriott portfolio under one roof. With a combined 259 guestrooms and suites, the hotel development is located at 402 South Tejon Street and is owned by an affiliate of Olive Real Estate Group. The ground breaking is the first qualified Opportunity Zone (OZ) project in Colorado Springs and the development team intends to deliver a win-win project for both their hometown community and investors.

The SpringHill Suites and Element-Downtown Colorado Springs, an Urban Renewal Authority project, is located in an ideal location within walking distance to leading employers and top area attractions like the U.S. Olympic Museum, Weidner Stadium, America the Beautiful Park and the U.S. Olympic Committee Headquarters. Garden of the Gods Park is a short five-mile drive for guests wanting to experience the natural beauty of Colorado Springs. The hotel boasts 295,000 square feet with 216 underground public parking spaces, street level retail and a rooftop restaurant and bar overlooking Pikes Peak and the Front Range. The hotel will add 4,200 square feet of meeting & event space to the market and will feature stunning mountain views from an ideal location in the heart of the central business district in downtown Colorado Springs.

Dual-branded properties like the SpringHill Suites® and Element®-Downtown Colorado Springs are attractive to developers and guests alike who benefit from a model that offers unique accommodations and shared common spaces. The unique, dual-brand design allows guests and event participants to take advantage of a variety of room types, added amenities and services to accommodate attendees at one address, while providing common areas and event spaces for ultimate convenience.

“We are proud partners on this hotel development project,” said Fred Cerrone, founder & chairman of Hotel Equities. “The dual-branded model is intended to attract a more diverse range of guests, and meet the market’s increased demand for upper upscale, urban, select service and extended stay hotels with unique accommodations. The food and beverage concept with restaurant and roof top bar will be one-of-a-kind with an upgraded offering to cater to in-house customers, as well as the business offices and the local community surrounding the area.”

As an integral part of their "community first" approach, the partners are hoping to engage local workforce organizations to encourage local hospitality curriculum and promote social impact in the community. Once open, the hotel, in conjunction with its managing partner Hotel Equities, will provide employees of the property with on-the-job management and leadership training programs with the goal of promoting entry-level employees to management-level positions.

The ownership group is committed to using local vendors, contractors and subcontractor whenever possible to advance local economic impact. Several economic impact studies were completed during the approval process, as the project will expand job growth and wages in the hospitality/services market and will create new tax revenue that did not previously exist. Jim DiBiase, Principal of Olive Real Estate Group notes, “The Downtown Colorado Springs Marriott hotel will create hundreds of direct and indirect construction jobs, as well as over 150 long term, stable permanent jobs with competitive benefit packages to local workers. We are also excited to bring over $65 million of new capital investment to Colorado Springs.”

The fusion of two distinct Marriott brands means added amenities and ideal accommodations to meet the needs of today’s travelers. SpringHill Suites is ideal for business and leisure travelers focused on success, but who also take the time to enjoy small indulgences during their time away. Guestrooms feature newly designed spacious suites that combine style and space with separate living and sleeping areas. SpringHill Suites is also recognized by its commitment to help guests connect with the local community through their Art of Local Live Events throughout the year, and their SaveArt!® community service initiative. Element was designed for today’s healthy, active traveler and has redefined the extended stay experience with a nature-inspired design philosophy that is clean, modern and bright. Element hotels are built to be green from the ground up and employ a natural color palette, giving each hotel an organic openness that matches the architecture and weightless feeling of the space. All Element hotels feature spacious and airy studios and one-bedroom suites which are fully equipped with energy-efficient kitchens, swiveling flat-screen televisions, large desks with open shelving, spa-inspired bathrooms and signature Heavenly® Beds.

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Southwest Airlines Sale: See Atlanta’s Best Fares

Southwest Airlines has launched a three-day sale. Here are the best fares. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

ATLANTA, GA –Southwest Airlines has launched a three-day sale and Georgia travelers can fly out of Atlanta for pennies on the dollar. The fall fare sale, posted around 6 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, features flights nationwide.

One-way tickets out of many airports could be had for as little as $49 or $79, while many round-trip tickets could be had for $98.
Here are the deals out of Atlanta:

As with all Southwest Airlines three-day sales, make sure you read the fine-print. First and foremost, you have to book your flight by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday. The tickets are not refundable, so be sure they’re what you want. Certain seats and dates will not be available, including Labor Day weekend and the Thanksgiving holiday.

And you should probably prepare to fly during the week — Fridays and Sundays are mostly unavailable.


Moreover, travel within the continental U.S. is valid only from Aug. 20 through Dec. 5, 2019, and international travel is valid Aug. 20 through Dec. 11. Separate dates apply for flights to places like Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

The sale is meant to fill empty seats during slower travel periods, according to USA Today. The airline has a second large sale in early October.

Patch national staffer Dan Hampton contributed to this report

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Atlanta software company opens Cleveland office

Top of Mind Networks, a Vinings, Ga., software firm serving the mortgage lending and real estate industries, announced Tuesday, May 21, that it has opened a software hub in downtown Cleveland’s Warehouse District.

Top of Mind said it added the physical technology office in Cleveland to complement its remote software development teams. The company said it has added six jobs in the last six months and plans to add another six to nine positions within the next six months.

Erik Enright, Top of Mind’s chief technology officer, said the new office provides the "best of both worlds" because it allows its staffers to work together in person and continue to access top-drawer talent on a global basis.

"We are excited to be part of the downtown Cleveland vibe and culture," Enright said in the news release. "Top of Mind Networks believes in the software industry in Northeast Ohio, as well as the strength of the Cleveland market. We plan to continue to grow our products and services and remain the industry’s (customer relationship marketing) leader."

Opening a physical office also allows the company to offer internships and it said it has an initial group of interns starting this month, although it did not say how many.

Top of Mind provides CRM services under the "Surefire" name that allows mortgage brokers and bankers to automatically keep in touch with past customers as well as provide online links with real estate agents for referrals.

Top of Mind did not identify the street address of its Cleveland office. The Atlanta-area company was launched in 2003.

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One Of Nation’s Toughest Abortion Bills Signed Into Law In GA

ATLANTA — Fulfilling a campaign commitment, Gov. Brian Kemp signed one of the nation’s strictest abortion laws in the nation into law Tuesday morning. Kemp signed the so-called Heartbeat Bill, which outlaws most abortions after about six weeks, which is when a fetal heartbeat is usually first detected.

The bill, which was sponsored by state Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth), would allow abortions in cases where the mother’s life or health is in danger, or in cases of medical emergency. The bill also says that even an unborn child at any stage of development in the womb would be included in state population-based counts.


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MONDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Temps headed to the 80s under a sunny sky

For those wishing for a repeat of the fantastic weather from Easter Sunday, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan said you’re in luck.

“I’ll give you Easter Sunday and then a few degrees warmer, and just about as sunny as it was yesterday,” he said. “ After some of the cool weather, the showery weather back on Saturday, (Sunday was) a nice bounce back, and it’s going to be a nice day today.”

With no major weather systems on the horizon, metro Atlanta should reach a projected high of 80 degrees Monday under a sunny sky, according to Channel 2.

“Again it’s going to feel more like a May afternoon than an April afternoon,” Monahan said. “80 degrees (is) the typical high for about the 10th day of May. We should be in the low 70s.”

Through the end of the month and into the start of May, he said temperatures look to be above average.

Monday is starting out cool with temperatures in the 50s in Atlanta and the 40s for most other spots in North Georgia. Monahan said you will want to grab a coat to begin the day.

“You won’t need it though, after long,” he said. “Once the sun is up, we’ll warm things up quickly.”

Temps are expected to reach the low 70s by noon, according to Channel 2. While there will be bright sunshine Monday, Monahan said he expects a few more clouds around than on Sunday.

North Georgia is in for a stretch of warm, dry weather. By Wednesday, highs are forecast in the mid-80s.

“Through Wednesday, we’re going to be dry,” Monahan said. “Most of Thursday is going to be dry, may see some showers slip in late. Friday morning, we’ll have some showers coming across North Georgia.”

He said he does not expect any severe weather associated with the system, but a few rumbles of thunder are possible. There is a 60 percent chance of rain Friday, according to Channel 2.

Saturday should be another dry day before isolated showers return for Sunday, Monahan said.

Volume is building to start the Monday morning drive, but metro Atlanta interstates are still moving fine, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

“Really not a bad start to the rush hour at all,” traffic reporter Mark Arum said.

Drivers are still contending with the effects of heavy rain from last week, however. In Midtown, expect some delays on West Peachtree Street at 3rd Street while crews work to repair a sinkhole, the Traffic Center reported.

Sinkhole repairs continue in Rockdale County, too. Rowland Road between Rockdale County High School, C.J. Hicks Elementary and Rockdale Magnet School remains closed, according to authorities. Pine Log Road and Eastview Road are possible alternates, the Traffic Center reported.

» For updated traffic information, listen to News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB and follow @ajcwsbtraffic on Twitter.

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American Deli, Koffee King, Pho Dai Nam | GA Restaurants Cited

Here are some recent health inspection reports. (Shutterstock)

ATLANTA, GA — There are signs of a bad restaurant that are pretty obvious: Nasty smells, grimy tables or unkempt employees are all red flags for a dining spot you want to avoid. But sometimes the problem is harder to spot, such as food stored at improper temperatures or unclean kitchen equipment.

And some commercial kitchens are spotless, with every safety rule followed, and customers well-cared for.

Do you know how clean your local coffee shop, restaurant or school kitchen is? Look through these recent food safety inspections from around the Atlanta area courtesy of Patch. Click on the links below to see details from recent inspection reports for area restaurants.

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Tony Davis Invited to Join Atlanta Business Chronicle Leadership Trust

ALPHARETTA, Ga., March 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Tony Davis, Founding Partner of Atlantic Home Mortgage, has been invited to join Atlanta Business Chronicle Leadership Trust, an exclusive community for influential business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs in the Atlanta area.

Tony was chosen for membership by the Atlanta Business Chronicle Leadership Trust Selection Committee due to his experience, leadership and influence in the local business landscape and beyond. Tony is one of the highest producing mortgage brokers in the state of Georgia.

"Atlanta’s thriving business community is powered by leaders like Tony," said David Rubinger, president and publisher of Atlanta Business Chronicle. "We’re honored to be creating a space where the region’s business influencers come together to increase their impact on the community, build their businesses and connect with and strengthen one another."

As an invited member, Tony will contribute articles to the Atlanta Business Chronicle website and participate alongside fellow members in Expert Panels. He will connect and collaborate with a vetted network of local leaders in a members-only directory and a private forum on the group’s mobile app. Tony will also benefit from leadership and business coaching, an Executive Profile on the Atlanta Business Chronicle website, select partner discounts and services and ongoing support from the community’s concierge team.

"I could not be more excited to join some of Atlanta’s top business leaders on the Leadership Trust," said Tony Davis. "Our goal at Atlantic Home Mortgage is to be the best mortgage broker in Atlanta and help our community thrive."

The Atlanta Business Chronicle Leadership Trust team is honored to welcome Tony to the community and looks forward to helping him elevate his personal brand, strengthen his circle of trusted advisors and position him to further impact the Atlanta business community and beyond.

About Business Journals Leadership Trust

Atlanta Business Chronicle Leadership Trust is a part of Business Journals Leadership Trust — a collective of invitation-only networks of influential business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs in your community. Membership is based on an application and selection committee review. Benefits include private online forums, the ability to publish insights on, business and executive coaching and a dedicated concierge team. To learn more and find out if you qualify, visit

About Atlantic Home Mortgage

Atlantic Home Mortgage (AHM) is a purchase-centric mortgage broker located in Alpharetta, GA. Their focus is on combining cutting-edge technology with experienced professionals to create a simple, transparent mortgage process. Founder, Tony Davis (NMLS# 430849) was the #1 producing loan officer in Georgia at Movement Mortgage. Mortgage Executive Magazine named him as one of the "Top 1% of Mortgage Originators in America." For over a decade, Tony has served the Atlanta community as a trusted financial adviser. He has assisted his clients in a variety of different roles ranging from banking and small business lending to mortgage lending.

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BREAKING: Crash takes out power poles, traffic lights in Atlanta

A crash Friday morning took out two power poles and traffic lights, according to Atlanta Fire Rescue.

Investigators are working the scene at the intersection of Northside Drive and Whitehall Street.

Whitehall Street is blocked, fire officials said just before 10:30 a.m.

According to witnesses, a speeding car barreled into a power pole at the intersection before the driver got out and ran.

Officials have not released details about the crash.

We’re working to learn more.

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Looking into El Chapo’s metro Atlanta reach


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ATLANTA, GA (CBS46) With the conviction of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, CBS46 is learning more about the influence his cartel has on metro Atlanta.

“This is a huge victory,” said Robert Murphy, the special agent in charge of the DEA’s Atlanta office. “It’s a symbol that we need to show in this country that it may take 20 years but we’re going to get you.”

Murphy said El Chapo’s powerful Sinaloa cartel is one of two cartels that bring most of the drugs into our region from Mexico.

“Controlled everything in the Atlanta market, they controlled everything from drugs crossing into the United States, the distribution, the manufacturing and quite frankly this is where fentanyl being mixed with heroin started, this was Chapo Guzman’s idea.”

Murphy said cartels bring in the cocaine, meth, heroin and a large amount of marijuana that is found in metro Atlanta. The drugs are shipped into this area on trucks using our highways system, often hidden among legitimate deliveries.

Methamphetamine continues to be the drug seen the most by law enforcement in metro Atlanta. It’s cheap and addictive. Cartels bring in into the U.S. in liquid form and convert it in meth labs here.

“We can’t have this, we’re having too many people die and dropping dead, our kids, our children, our future, it’s a risk to our national security,” said Murphy.

While Guzman’s conviction won’t stop drug trafficking, Murphy said it has caused disruption among cartels and he’s confident it sends a message.

He said, “Who wants to raise their hand and be the next one because we keep chopping them off.”

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