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With the “Dog Days of Summer” here—and according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, they start July 3 and run for six weeks—there is nothing like a refreshing swim in the pool. Cooling off by swimming or enjoying other water activities are highly recommended as long as they are done safely. Drowning is usually the first thing people think of when they talk about swimming safety. Remember however, that drowning and other water injuries are not the only concerns. There are also germs that can contaminate both a pool and open water which may make a person sick. The diseases caused by these germs are called recreational water illnesses or swimming-related illnesses.
People who are most at risk are children, pregnant women and individuals who have health problems or take medicines that lower their body’s ability to fight germs and sickness. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, known as the CDC, recommends that people with weakened immune systems speak with their doctor before swimming or participating in recreational water activities because some germs may be especially harmful for this group.
The most common symptom of swimming-related illness is diarrhea. Other common symptoms include skin rashes, cough and congestion, and ear and eye pain.
The Putnam County Department of Health offers the following advice for avoiding swimming-related illnesses:
For more information on preventing swimming-related illnesses, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/swimmers/rwi.html