can be an enjoyable way to increase physical activity and gain the health benefits of
aerobic exercise. However, swimmers may
be at risk for certain illnesses that can be spread through contaminated water.
Before going to the pool or beach, swimmers should be aware of the possibility
of recreational water
is the most frequently reported RWI. The spread of diarrheal RWIs starts with
contamination of the water. Swimmers then can get sick when they swallow small
amounts of contaminated water. In settings like swimming pools, water parks,
and hot tubs, water most often gets contaminated when a person who is ill with
diarrhea or who is shedding germs that can cause diarrhea swims. In other
settings, such as beaches, rivers, and lakes, germs can also come from other
sources, like animals and runoff after a rainfall.
Few Simple and Effective Prevention Steps We Can All Take:
Stay out of the
water if you have diarrhea.
you get in the water.
Don’t pee or
poop in the water.
Every hour—everyone out!
Take kids on
and change them in a bathroom or diaper changing area—not poolside or near the water to keep germs away
from the water people swim in.
For more information:
1CDC: Healthy Swimming/Recreational
Swimmer Protection: How to Swim Healthy
Posters and other health promotion
Healthy Swimming/Recreational Water Health Promotion Materials
Six Steps for Healthy
Recreational Water Illness Media Campaign –posters, brochures, PSAs
Utah Department of
Disease specific fact
Naegleria fowleri- Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis
201 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2399
(410) 767-6500 or 1-877-463-3464