I have gathered some information on Recreational Water Illness that might help you understand where the problem comes from and how to avoid getting ill. 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.
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
If you think that someone you know could use this information please send it on. I have more safety tips and special non profit blogs on my Val Cares web page. Valerie Bomberger ABR, AHWD Re/Max Harbor Country.
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