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Prevent water illnesses

State health officials are reminding residents to “swim healthy” by taking steps to prevent recreational water illnesses this summer.

The best way to prevent recreational water illnesses is to keep germs out of the water in the first place. Swimmers can take an active role in protecting themselves and other swimmers by following these simple steps for a healthy swimming experience:

Don’t swim when you have diarrhea.

Don’t swallow pool or lake water.

Practice good hygiene. Shower with soap before swimming.

Wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet or changing diapers.

Take children on bathroom breaks or change diapers often.