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HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERS TIPS TO SWIMMERS TO STAY HEALTHY

Mon May 21, 2012

DUPAGE COUNTY-In observance of national Recreational Water Illness Week from May 21-27, the DuPage County Health Department is offering recommendations to swimmers to stay healthy and avoid recreational water illnesses (RWIs) this summer.
 
Recreational water illnesses are caused by germs that are spread by swallowing water, breathing in mists or aerosols, or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, hot tubs, water parks, water play areas, interactive fountains, lakes, rivers or oceans.

RWIs can also be caused by chemicals in the water or chemicals that evaporate from the water and cause indoor air quality problems. Diarrhea is the most common RWI. Other common RWIs include skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurologic, and wound infections.

Children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems are most at risk for RWIs.

Although pool and spa operators provide chemical treatment of the water in their facilities to guard against RWIs, follow these healthy swimming steps to protect yourself, your family and other swimmers:

·         Don't swim when you have diarrhea. You can spread germs in the water and make other people sick.

·         Don't swallow pool water. Avoid getting water in your mouth.

·         Practice good hygiene. Shower with soap before swimming and wash your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers. Germs on your body end up in the water.
 
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HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERS TIPS TO SWIMMERS TO STAY HEALTHY