WDH issues warning of disease potential when swimming

Written by on June 18, 2019

Officials with the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) are warning people about diseases that can be caught when swimming in pools, lakes and other bodies of water or when drinking contaminated water.
Courtney Smith, WDH epidemiologist, says such diseases as cryptosporidiosis, giardiasis and shigellosis are each threats in the state connected to recreational water. Disease symptoms typically include diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and loss of appetite.
Smith noted many of the germs come from feces and only a small amount is required to make people sick.
WDH suggests to avoid swimming on days when experiencing diarrhea–not swallowing swimming water or getting water in the mouth and washing hands after using restrooms or changing diapers.

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