"waterborne disease" "recreational water"

26.jul.06
The Galveston County Daily News (TX)
Sally Robinson and Keith Bly
When people think of risks associated with swimming, they usually think of sunburns or drownings. Most swimmers donít realize that the water itself can make them sick.
Recreational water illnesses (RWIís) are spread by swallowing, breathing or coming in contact with water that has been contaminated in swimming pools or hot tubs, and at water parks, lakes, rivers or oceans.
Symptoms of RWIís include skin, ear, respiratory, eye and wound infections. The most commonly reported RWI is diarrhea, which is caused by germs such as Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Shingella and E. coli. If contaminated water is swallowed, a person may become sick; many diarrhea-causing germs do not have to be swallowed in large amounts to make a person ill.

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Algonquin Countryside
July 6, 2006
McHenry County Department of Health has joined with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to remind families of the importance of healthy swimming behaviors.
Recreation water illnesses are spread by swallowing, breathing or having contact with contaminated water. The most commonly reported recreation water illness is diarrhea caused by pathogens, such as E. coli, shigella, giardia and cryptosporidium. Children, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems are at greatest risk for infection from these pathogens. Other recreation water illnesses can cause various symptoms, including skin, ear, eye, respiratory and neurological infections.
The county Health Department samples beaches and public pools during the summer months to monitor bacterial levels and will continue testing the 39 beaches in the county through Labor Day to assess water quality.

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Kelum Pelpola
HEALTHY SWIM: Next time you may have to think twice before you leap into the swimming pool. The reason for this is that a new entity named recreational water illnesses (RWI) has been described.
RWI refers to any illness or infection caused by organisms that contaminate water in pools, lakes, and oceans, resulting in diarrhoea, skin rashes, swimmer’s ear and other conditions. And they are on the rise.
The rate has more than doubled in the past 10 years, according to data from the CDC(Centre for Disease Control in the USA).
However, there is definite good news. It’s that some simple precautions would help you keep these illnesses at bay. Even though you get the disease, by being alert, quick treatment could be taken and complications could be very easily avoided.

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