Rivers, ponds, lakes, and streams may contain disease-causing microorganisms. Swimming in these waters may result in health effects such as minor skin rashes, sore throats, diarrhea, or more serious problems.
Children tend to spend more time in the water than adults. They are also more likely to accidentally swallow water when swimming and, for this reason, they are more likely than adults to get sick. However, babies, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are most at risk of becoming seriously ill.
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Contact your town health officer with questions about your town’s public swimming area testing protocols or results.