You know, as a mom, I feel like I have seen some shit. Literally. Each of my three kids has, at some point, had diaper blow-outs or other gnarly gastrointestinal issues that left me cringing and venting to my mama friends.
But even those traumatic moments in early motherhood pale in comparison to what 40 crew members on the set of “Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide” are going through.
According to HuffPost, the production of a brand-new NBC game show called “Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide” is on permanent hiatus after around 40 crew members suddenly – and violently – came down explosive diarrhea.
People have confirmed that production shut down on June 2nd, and that at least one crew member tested positive for Giardia, a parasite known to cause diarrhea.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Giardia is a tiny parasite commonly found on surfaces or in soil, food, or water that has been contaminated with feces.
Uh. Yeah, you read that right. Feces. We’re talking pet poop, human poop, or even wild animal poop here, people.
The most common way that humans get this nasty parasite is by swallowing contaminated water typically from ponds, rivers, lakes, swimming pools.
This is why it is advised that when people go camping they boil water or using iodine tablets before drinking it.
According to People, the water on set was tested in an independent lab in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and Ventura County Public Health.
The results, People reported, showed that all of the tested water came back negative for Giardia, however, there was at least one positive test from surrounding areas of the set.
The 40 infected crew members were reportedly collapsing or running to port-o-potties to relieve themselves.
Obviously, this is now an unsafe area and many people have lots of questions, but until more testing is done and a cause is identified, it sounds like this show is on an extended pause.
“Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide” was described by an NBC press release as
“a fresh take on Wham-O’s iconic 1960s outdoor game, this wet-and-wild new series takes the spirit of the classic backyard slide and transforms it into a real-life water park full of gigantic slippery rides with the chances to take home a big cash prize.”
The show is set to air as a two-hour special on August 8th, however, it remains unknown how this horrible turn of explosive events will affect future production.
To prevent Giardia in your family, the CDC recommends following a few good hygiene habits:
- Always wash your hands thoroughly after going to the bathroom.
- Always wash your hands thoroughly before eating.
- Always wash your hands thoroughly after having contact with soil or pets.
- Shower before you enter any body of water, especially a pool.
- Never swallow water from a pond, lake, river, swimming pool, etc.
Stay safe, everyone.