Avoiding Recreational Water Illnesses


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MASON CITY, IA – With warm weather on the way, folks will be hitting local pools, lakes, and rivers, but could that water be contaminated?

The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health wants to remind everyone to protect themselves against water illnesses.

Even properly chlorinated pools can contain germs from fecal matter and other bacteria.

Environmental health specialists say there are simple ways to keep you and your family healthy.

Environmental Health Specialist, Dan Ries said, “Don’t let your children get to the pool if they’re sick, do frequent bathroom breaks with your children. If your kids wear diapers make sure you’re taking them to the bathroom to change those diapers frequently. Make sure you wash your hands after going to the bathroom and take showers before you go swimming.”

Dan also says it’s important to make sure children do not swallow lake or pool water or even put it in their mouths.

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