Tips To Prevent Recreational Water Illnesses

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Recreational Water Illnesses

Healthy swimming behaviors can greatly reduce the risk of recreational water illness from occurring and help stop germs from getting in the water.


"Swimming in pools, lakes and rivers are a popular summer pastime in North Dakota," Goplin said. "Ill or recently ill people who swim in recreational waters put others at risk." Recreational water illnesses (RWI) are spread by swallowing contaminated water from swimming pools, hot tubs, lakes, rivers and oceans. The most commonly reported RWI is diarrhea, usually caused by germs including cryptosporidium, giardia, shigella and E. coli.

Children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are at greatest risk of getting sick. Other RWIs can cause skin, ear, eye and respiratory infections.

The following tips can help prevent RWIs: