Cwmbran dad tells of ‘horrendous’ effects of sickness bug on son

THE father of a seven-year-old victim of the cryptosporidiosis outbreak in Gwent has spoken of the "horrendous" effects on his son, who had to spend several days in hospital.

Leo Baillon, from Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran, is among 14 confirmed cases in the outbreak, declared by public health experts on Tuesday, but is not among the seven of those linked to the currently closed Newport Centre pool, which is being drained and deep cleaned.

The source of Leo's illness, which badly affected him over a two-week period from mid-August, remains a mystery.

After beginning to feel unwell, he suffered severe sickness and diarrhoea that was initially diagnosed as gastro-enteritis.

"By the Saturday night (August 17) he was really ill, and being constantly sick. We took him to the emergency (out-of-hours) doctor on the Sunday morning and we were told to go straight to the Royal Gwent Hospital," said Leo's dad Mike, who also lives with wife Claire and son one-year-old Oscar.

Leo was on a children's ward for three days, on a drip in a room on his own while doctors tried to get some fluids into him.

"He wasn't right for another couple of weeks and he lost half a stone, which is a lot," said Mr Baillon.

Leo was tested for cryptosporidiosis whilst in hospital, and confirmed after five or six days.

"It was horrendous to see him so ill, and he had no energy. He's normally a really active boy but at its worst he couldn't get off his bed," said Mr Baillon.

"But staff on D6 East at the hospital were brilliant and the authorities have taken it very seriously.

"He's better, he's eating really well now, but it was frightening and we don't know where he picked it up."

Cryptosporidiosis, caused by the bug cryptosporidium, can cause watery diarrhoea, stomach pain, nausea or vomiting, and fever. It can last for two weeks or more, and symptoms can fluctuate. Anyone with concerns about their health should contact their GP.

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11:19am Sat 15 Sep 12

spanner100 says...

I am sure I read that Newport Council closed the Pool for a week to "CLEAN IT". I have two Grandsons who used the Pool and then went down with exactly the symptoms as described. Disgusting that the problem has been kept secret for so long.
I am sure I read that Newport Council closed the Pool for a week to "CLEAN IT". I have two Grandsons who used the Pool and then went down with exactly the symptoms as described. Disgusting that the problem has been kept secret for so long. spanner100

1:21pm Sat 15 Sep 12

Magor says...

Looks like they keep it as clean as the rest of Newport.
Looks like they keep it as clean as the rest of Newport. Magor

8:21am Sun 16 Sep 12

steve4377 says...

Just thought you may wish to know that the Newport Pool can easily be protected from the crypto bug by installing an electronic protection system. This in essence is a box that plugs into a normal 240 volt household outlet and it has a small flexible blanket that is folded around the main filter pool water return line. It is switched on around the clock and it irradiates the crypto bug prior to it re-entering the pool. Most city pools use one in Australia and they couldn't cost much, certainly only a coupla thousand dollars I would think. This then offers full-time protection to the pool for next to nothing. Surprised your pool doesn't already have one. Also you would not need to drain the pool to kill the bug simply using a shock dose would kill the bug I would think, but hey get a Crypto blanket and save the swimmers getting sick...
Just thought you may wish to know that the Newport Pool can easily be protected from the crypto bug by installing an electronic protection system. This in essence is a box that plugs into a normal 240 volt household outlet and it has a small flexible blanket that is folded around the main filter pool water return line. It is switched on around the clock and it irradiates the crypto bug prior to it re-entering the pool. Most city pools use one in Australia and they couldn't cost much, certainly only a coupla thousand dollars I would think. This then offers full-time protection to the pool for next to nothing. Surprised your pool doesn't already have one. Also you would not need to drain the pool to kill the bug simply using a shock dose would kill the bug I would think, but hey get a Crypto blanket and save the swimmers getting sick... steve4377

8:21am Sun 16 Sep 12

steve4377 says...

Just thought you may wish to know that the Newport Pool can easily be protected from the crypto bug by installing an electronic protection system. This in essence is a box that plugs into a normal 240 volt household outlet and it has a small flexible blanket that is folded around the main filter pool water return line. It is switched on around the clock and it irradiates the crypto bug prior to it re-entering the pool. Most city pools use one in Australia and they couldn't cost much, certainly only a coupla thousand dollars I would think. This then offers full-time protection to the pool for next to nothing. Surprised your pool doesn't already have one. Also you would not need to drain the pool to kill the bug simply using a shock dose would kill the bug I would think, but hey get a Crypto blanket and save the swimmers getting sick...
Just thought you may wish to know that the Newport Pool can easily be protected from the crypto bug by installing an electronic protection system. This in essence is a box that plugs into a normal 240 volt household outlet and it has a small flexible blanket that is folded around the main filter pool water return line. It is switched on around the clock and it irradiates the crypto bug prior to it re-entering the pool. Most city pools use one in Australia and they couldn't cost much, certainly only a coupla thousand dollars I would think. This then offers full-time protection to the pool for next to nothing. Surprised your pool doesn't already have one. Also you would not need to drain the pool to kill the bug simply using a shock dose would kill the bug I would think, but hey get a Crypto blanket and save the swimmers getting sick... steve4377

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