As swimming pools become the popular hangout spot for kids during the summer months, they can also become filled with germs and may cause water-related illnesses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 21.6 percent of Americans don’t know that swimming while they have diarrhea puts other swimmers at risk for water-associated illnesses. The good news is these illnesses can be avoided. Mayo Clinic pediatric and infectious disease expert, Thomas Boyce, M.D., explains how to help keep germs from entering the water and describes safe practices so kids don’t become ill from contaminated pool water.
Soundbites from Dr. Boyce are available in the downloads above.
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