Recreational Water Illness

Around the country there is a health concern about Recreational Water Illness. The Centers for Disease Control states that all bodies of water contain microorganisms, no matter how clean a lake or river may look. Contaminants include heavy rainfall, animal feces and agricultural runoff. Most Recreational water illnesses are germs spread by swallowing or having contact with contaminated water in lakes and rivers etc. Around the country Public Health Departments have implemented health campaigns to get individuals to take preventive steps to minimize health risks for themselves and their children.


We have gathered some information that might help understand where the problem comes from and how to avoid getting ill.


Recommended steps to help prevent Recreational Water Illness

  • It is important to avoid both getting water in your mouth and swallowing water

  • Avoid swimming in water that appears, cloudy or smells

  • Avoid swimming after a heavy rain

  • Do not feed seagulls or other birds on the beach or river side

  • Keep pets off the beach and lake and river sides

  • Wash your hands with soap and clean water before eating or preparing food

  • Shower as soon as you get home and wash swimming gear

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