An outbreak of cryptosporidium infection (also referred to as ‘crypto’) is affecting Melbourne and many parts of regional Victoria. The Department of Health is requesting that parents and guardians of all children who attend swimming lessons or swim clubs in Victoria be provided with information on how to protect themselves and others when swimming. This letter does not indicate a problem with the facility your child attends – it is being provided across the State and contains advice that is important all year round.

Click here to read the full letter from the Department of Health. You can also refer to the website address www.health.vic.gov.au/water/recreational/cryptosporidium.htm.