Recreational water illnesses: Prevention and precaution

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Learn how to prevent the spread of recreational water illnesses while cooling down in pools, fountains and water parks.

Key points

  • Recreational water illnesses are caused by swallowing or having contact with water that is contaminated with bacteria.
  • Even if water is treated with chlorine, some bacteria take time to kill.
  • Prevent the spread of recreational water illnesses by showering with soap before swimming, washing hands after using the toilet or changing diapers, and not letting a child with diarrhea go in the water.
  • Remind your child not to drink or swallow the water they play in.
Last updated: July 13th 2022