A trip to a splash park or pool with the kids can be a great way to spend a hot summer day, but several waterborne illnesses can be lurking in public water play areas. This podcast discusses the importance of following instructions posted at splash parks and pools to help prevent illness. Created: 6/11/2009 by MMWR.
Date Released: 6/11/2009. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Summer Swimming Safety
Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis Associated with a Splash Park — Idaho, 2007
June 11, 2009
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A trip to a splash park or pool with the kids can be a great way to spend a hot summer day. But several waterborne illnesses can be lurking in public water play areas. Many, such as cryptosporidiosis, are caused by fecal matter in the water. Common symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and nausea. To help prevent illness, visitors should follow instructions posted at splash parks and pools. Persons with diarrhea shouldn’t play in the water, only change diapers in designated areas, shower with soap, wash your child’s bottom well before getting into the water, and don’t drink the water you play in.
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