Alex Cukan, UPI Science Writer, reports on the health threats of recreational swimming:
There is a growing U.S. public health threat from recreational water illnesses caused by germs such as cryptosporidium, shigella, and E. coli O157:H7.
“People need to keep in mind they share the water with everyone else in the pool who may spread illness, including kids in diapers,” says Dr. Michael Beach, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
CDC asks swimmers to forego swimming when they have diarrhea. It also recommends swimmers refrain from getting pool water in their mouths and practice good hygiene by showering before swimming and washing their hands after visiting the restroom or changing diapers.