How To Protect Yourself Against Recreational Waterborne Illnesses

Many pools and swimming holes are now open for the summer.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reminding everyone to protect themselves against recreational water illnesses.

Dr. Susan Rehm treats infectious diseases at Cleveland Clinic. She says there are a couple of different illnesses tied to pools and lakes.

“Probably the thing we think about most is getting diarrhea from being in water and swallowing water. But, there are other things that can happen, too.  For example, there is something called 'swimmer's ear', which is a bacterial infection of the external ear,” Dr. Rehm says.

Health Experts also warn about going swimming in a lake after a big storm. They say bacteria levels are much higher, especially on hot days.

For more information, visit the CDC's “Make A Splash!” campaign website.

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