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Healthy swimming behaviors are important in preventing illness.
Outbreaks of recreational water illnesses continue to occur in the United States each year. Sixty-two percent of these outbreaks are related to the chlorine-resistant pathogen, Cryptosporidium, ("Crypto") which is introduced into the pool by swimmers who are ill with diarrhea and spread to other swimmers when they swallow the contaminated water. These outbreaks underscore the continuing need to educate people about recreational water illness prevention to ensure a healthy swimming experience.
Germs on and in swimmers' bodies end up in the water and can make other people sick. Even healthy swimmers can get sick from RWIs, but the young, elderly, pregnant women and immunosuppressed persons are especially at risk.
See the CDC Brochure: "Healthy Swimming" for more information.
Specific actions you can take to promote healthy swimming include:
To always have a healthy swimming experience, Jefferson County Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge swimmers to adopt healthy swimming behaviors to reduce the risk of recreational water illnesses.
Environment Health Services performs routine inspections of year round public and semi-public pools/spas. This occurs four times per year for year round pools and spas and twice per season for seasonal pools and spas. Follow up inspections are performed as needed.
Investigations are also executed on reports of disease, complaints, construction, fire, etc. The purpose is to establish and enforce sanitary standards for the operation and maintenance these establishments.
Pool-Spa Certification Course
Swimming Pool and Spa Plan Review
For more information about Recreational Water Illness Prevention and Healthy Swimming, contact Leslie Toni, Environmental Health Specialist at 303-271-5776 or Angel Anderson, Environmental Health Specialist at 303-271-5763.
Information can also be found on the Centers for Disease Control Healthy Swimming/Recreational Water webpage.
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