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posted on March 02, 2009 11:18
Healthy Swimming Habits Help Prevent Recreational Water Illnesses
 
It’s hot outside and business is booming at swimming pools and splash parks. To keep trips to the pool fun and safe, Idaho health officials are urging people to use healthy swimming behaviors to help prevent recreational water illnesses.
 
You can promote healthy swimming through the following:
  • Do not swim when you have diarrhea.
  • Do not get pool or other recreational water in your mouth or swallow it.
  • Wash your bottom in the shower before swimming (children too!).
  • Wash your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers.
  • Take children on bathroom breaks or change diapers often and after swimming.
  • Change children’s diapers in a bathroom, not at poolside.
 
Of particular concern is cryptosporidiosis, or “crypto” for short. Like other illnesses that you can be exposed to in swimming pools, splash parks and lakes, crypto is spread when you swallow water contaminated by the tiny protozoan.
 
Recreational water can become contaminated when germs on and in swimmers’ bodies end up in the water. Just one person with diarrhea who goes swimming can easily contaminate water and the area around it. Practicing healthy swimming behaviors play an important role in stopping transmission of crypto and other diarrheal illnesses, whether you are at the pool, a splash park or a mountain lake.
 
For more information about keeping safe in the water this summer, visit our Waterborne Illness page or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's healthy swimming page at  www.cdc.gov/healthyswimming.