MDH: How to avoid waterborne illness
The Minnesota Department of Health is warning swimmers to take steps to avoid contracting waterborne diseases this summer.
There were a record number of outbreaks reported last year, a majority of which were caused by the chlorine-resistant parasite Cryptosporidium. The most common symptom is diarrhea, sometimes requiring hospitalization.
The MDH offers the following tips to prevent the spread of disease in pools and lakes:
• Don't swim when you have diarrhea
• Don't swallow pool or lake water.
• Practice good hygiene
• Shower with soap before swimming
• Wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet or changing diapers
• Take children on bathroom breaks or change diapers often
• Change diapers in a bathroom, not at poolside or beachside