You may want to think twice before going for a dip in the water this summer. Your favorite lake or river may look refreshing and inviting, but it can be a cesspool of diseases. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, disease outbreaks found in recreational water have caused at least 4,958 illnesses and two deaths from 2000 to 2014.
And these outbreaks are mostly happening in the summer. The CDC said that 81% of the outbreaks start in June-August period. If you are scared of what is infesting your waters, avoid swimming in July. It is when more than half of the outbreaks occurred.
July is when disease outbreaks most likely to occur in lakes and oceans
The report found that the majority of outbreaks were linked to gastrointestinal pathogens like E. coli, Shigella, and the norovirus, which can result in unpleasant symptoms like nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and bloody diarrhea.
If you still plan on swimming anyways, take heed not to swallow any of the water. We can get sick when we accidentally inhale a mouthful of pond water up our nose, which is why the CDC advises limiting the water you let enter your orifices.
“Swimmers should heed posted advisories closing the beach to swimming; not swim in discolored, smelly, foamy, or scummy water; not swim while sick with diarrhea; and limit water entering the nose when swimming in warm freshwater,” the CDC advised.