AceShowbiz - Production on NBC's upcoming game show "Ultimate Slip 'N Slide" has to be forcefully shut down. According to a new report, the decision was made after a crew member on the Simi Valley, California, tested positive for giardia.
PEOPLE reported that the production started the shutdown on June 2 as soon as they learned about the test result. At the time, they only have a week of scheduled production left before the show is scheduled to premiere after the Summer Olympics.
Giardia is a microscopic parasite that causes diarrheal disease when it was swallowed. The parasite can be found "on surfaces or in soil, food, or water that has been contaminated with feces from infected people or animals," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The production team reportedly ran through tests using samples from a well, pond, slide pool, water truck as well as restroom sinks and all tested negative for giardia. However, after it conducted an additional test, the results came back on June 10 showing giardia in the set's surrounding area.
A source with knowledge of production told TheWrap that there were "up to 40 crew members fell violently ill" due to the outbreak of "awful explosive diarrhea." Explaining how bad the situation is, the source went on to say that some were "collapsing" and "being forced to run into port-o-potties."
Of the situation, a representative for Universal Television Alternative Studios, which produces the show, told PEOPLE, "The health and safety of everyone on our set is our number one priority, so out of an abundance of caution we have made the decision to stop production of 'Ultimate Slip 'N Slide' at the current location. We are in the process of determining next steps in order to complete production."