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  • Recreational Water Illness

    Recreational water illnesses (RWIs) are occured by germs spread by swallowing, breathing in mists or aerosols of, or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, hot tubs, water parks, water play areas. RWIs can also be caused by chemicals that evaporate from the water and cause indoor air quality problems. RWIs can be a wide variety of infections, including gastrointestinal, skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurologic and wound infections. The most commonly reported RWI is diarrhea. Diarrheal illnesses can be caused by germs such as Crypto.


  • Recreational Water Illness

    Treatment Ensure your child showers with soap before entering public water,Take your child on frequent bathroom breaks,Make sure to regularly check diapers in babies and toddlers, Change diapers in the bathroom, not beside the public water or on the pool deck.

    A total of 134 recreational water–associated outbreaks were reported by 38 states and Puerto Rico for 2007–2008. These outbreaks resulted in at least 13,966 cases. The median outbreak size was 11 cases (range: 2–5,697 cases). A total of 116 (86.6%) outbreaks were associated with treated recreational water (e.g., pools and interactive fountains) and resulted in 13,480 (96.5%) cases. Of the 134 outbreaks, 81 (60.4%) were outbreaks of acute gastrointestinal illness (AGI); 24 (17.9%) were outbreaks of dermatologic illnesses, conditions, or symptoms; and 17 (12.7%) were outbreaks of acute respiratory illness. Outbreaks of AGI

  • Recreational Water Illness

    symptoms The symptoms are skin infection , stomach, ear and eye infections. Common RWI symptoms are fever, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal (tummy) cramps.

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