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Common Recreational Water Illness

Gastrointestinal Infections:

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Gastrointestinal infections are caused by coliforms, parasites and viruses. The most common symptom is diarrhea.

Coliforms:

Parasites:

Viruses:

Skin and Wound Infections:

Pseudomonas and staphylococcus bacteria are mainly responsible for these types of infections:

Ear & Eye Infections:

Healthy swimming behaviours are needed to protect you and your child(ren) from RWIs and will help stop germs from getting in the pool in the first place.

Content Source:
Division of Parasitic Diseases
National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-borne, and Enteric Diseases