Keeping Kids Healthy
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has designated the week before Memorial Day, May 19-25, as National Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week.
The focus is for the prevention of drowning, pool chemical injuries and outbreaks of illnesses.
As swimming season opens around the country, this is an ideal time to increase awareness about associated illness and injury and promote healthy and safe swimming.
We are sending you this brief educational update to encourage and support the CDC program.
Recreational water illnesses are caused by pathogens in contaminated swimming water. Diarrhea is the most common RWI, which is often caused by pathogens such as Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Shigella, E. coli O157: H7 and norovirus.
The CDC reported 57 disease outbreaks linked to pools in the United States in the year from 2009-2010 (the most recent year for which national data are available).
Even when the levels of chlorine and other pool water treatments are well maintained, they do not kill germs instantly. Continue reading