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Recreational Water Illness

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Cristina Villalpando

on 15 April 2013

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Transcript of Recreational Water Illness

Cristina Villalpando Recreational Water Illnesses Description How Frequent is it? Disease Course Who is Most Likely
To be Affected? Recreational Water Illness is an illness caused by germs spread by swallowing, breathing in mists or aerosols of, or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, hot tubs, water parks, water play areas, interactive fountains, lakes, rivers, or oceans. How Can They Be Prevented? Don't swim when you have diarrhea
Don't swallow the water
Practice good hygiene. How is it Transmitted? Swallowing water that has been contaminated by feces with germs can cause diarrheal illness. Swimming when ill with diarrhea can very easily contaminate large pools or water parks. Diagnosis Recreational water illnesses can cause various symptoms including gastrointestinal, skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurological, and wound
infections. The most commonly reported symptom for this illness is diarrhea. Recreational water illness can be relatively frequent if pools are not maintained correctly. Pools need to have the chlorine and pH levels checked to help prevent this illness. The illness can start when feces is washed off of a swimmer's bottom. Then, another person swallows the contaminated water. This can then cause the person who swallowed the water to have diarrhea. Children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems can suffer from more severe symptoms if infected.
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