Donna Duberg: What’s floating in your pool water could make you sick

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Swimming is all a part of summertime fun but when you go for a swim it’s likely that you’re not alone.  We’re not talking about other swimmer, we’re talking about bacteria.

Saint Louis University germ expert Donna Duberg  stops by to tell us about the dangers of E. coli, and RWI, Recreational Water Illness prevention.  She also gives tips on how to avoid becoming infected and what you need to know before taking the plunge.

RWI prevention tips:

-Don`t swim if you have diarrhea

-Don`t swallow pool water

-Shower with soap before swimming

-Wash hands after using the bathroom/changing diapers

-Check diapers often & change them in the bathroom

-Ask how often chlorine and pH levels are tested

RWI Most common symptoms:

Most common symptom, diarrhea, caused by fecal organisms-

Cryptosporidium

Giardia

Shigella

Norovirus

E. coli))

E. coli O157:H7

For additional information visit: The Missouri Health Department