Summer fun means water. But be careful.
In a study published on Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminded Americans that the waters they play in may sometimes make them sick.
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From 2000 to 2014, the years of study, voluntary reporting from 35 states and Guam revealed almost 5,000 disease reports – and 2 deaths – on untreated waters. Most untreated waterholes were public parks and beaches.
The study also lists outbreaks in treated water.
In Georgia, in the last four years of the study, by far most of the diseases were reported only by members of the club, in his paddling pool. In August 2014, 63 people were diagnosed with the parasite Cryptosporidium hominis, a pathogen that can cause dangerous diarrhea.
However, none were hospitalized. In August 2013, five people were reported as ill and three were hospitalized. Legionella pneumophila is said to come from a hotel pool in Georgia. This is the bacterium that can cause Legionnaire's disease.
Others were made ill in community parks or water parks.
But there are things swimmers can do to reduce the risk.
"Swimmers and parents of young swimmers can take action to reduce the risk of exposure to pathogens, toxins and chemicals to minimize in untreated recreational water, "the CDC report said," by making the beach swim, not swimming in discolored, stinking, frothy or foamy water, not swimming while suffering from diarrhea, and the ingress of water into the water Nose when swimming in warm fresh water. "
- Ocean beaches were rarely the cause of the problem in the study, but the federal government claims a source to check it for closure and scientific details about water quality: https://watersgeo.epa.gov/beacon2/
Stay out of the water when
 The beach is closed or there is evidence of high levels of bacteria or other conditions, such as sewage pollution or harmful algal blooms.
- A new heavy rain has occurred.
- A drainpipe can be seen on the beach.
- Fish or other animals in or near the water are dead.
- Water is discolored, stinking, frothy or frothy.
- Do not allow children to swim or swim if you suffer from diarrhea.
- Do not swallow recreational water.
- Do not swim or swim in swampy areas where snails are commonly found.
- Do not put your head in hot springs or other untreated thermal waters.
And if there are algae
- Avoid water that contains harmful algal blooms.
- Immediately flush pets, especially dogs, when swimming in discolored, stinking, frothy, or foamy water. Do not let her lick the algae off her coat.
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