CONTACT: Beth Kaplan, (608) 267-3810
RECREATIONAL WATER ILLNESS PREVENTION WEEK STARTS MAY
MADISON-State health officials are marking the upcoming Recreational
Water Illness Prevention Week by urging everyone to take some basic
precautions while having fun in the water.
"After a long hard winter, many of us look forward to our water
recreation fun," said Dr. Seth Foldy, State Health Officer. "You
can have fun in the water but you should be aware that contaminated water
can make you ill."
Foldy said people can protect themselves and their loved ones by
following some basic precautions:
- Be sure to supervise children whenever they go swimming.
- Practice good hygiene. Shower before swimming and wash your hands
after using the toilet or changing diapers. Germs on your body end up
in the water.
- Don't swallow the pool water and avoid getting water in your mouth.
- Don't swim when you have diarrhea. Germs can be spread in the water
and make people sick.
- To stop the spread of germs, change diapers in a bathroom, not
Recreational water illnesses can cause a wide variety of symptoms
including skin, ear, respiratory, eye and wound infections. The most
commonly reported illness is diarrhea, which can be caused by germs such
as cryptosporidium, giardia, shigella and E. coli.
Foldy said the Division of Public Health and some local health
departments inspect pools and water parks to ensure water quality and
safety. "Local health departments also monitor water quality at some
of our most popular beaches and post advisories when conditions are not
safe," he said.
The Department of Natural Resources also monitors water quality at many
of the most popular state park beaches, and protects our lakes and rivers
from pollution that can harm swimmers.
For more information regarding Recreational Water Illness Prevention
Week and healthy swimming, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyswimming.
For information on safe boating, visit the Department of Natural
Resources web site at:
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September 05, 2012