Welcome to North Shore Health Department * The health department will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 29th, 2017. The North Shore Health Department Highlights for 5/23/2017 Did You Know? May 22-28 is the 13th annual Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this week focuses on simple steps swimmers and pool operators can take to help ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience for everyone. This week we’d like to highlight swimmer hygiene and the need for swimmers to take an active role in helping to protect themselves and prevent the spread of germs. Recreational water illnesses (RWIs) are caused by germs spread by contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, hot tubs, water parks or play areas, lakes, or other recreational water. RWIs can also be caused by chemicals in the water or chemicals that evaporate from the water and cause indoor air quality problems. Diarrhea is the most common RWI, and it is often caused by germs like Cryptosporidium, Giardia, norovirus, Shigella, and E. coli O157:H7. Other common RWIs include skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurologic, and wound infections. Children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems are most at risk for RWIs. The CDC shares 5 simple messages to protect your health, and the health of others, every time you swim. Don’t swim if you have diarrhea. If you are diagnosed with cryptosporidiosis, don’t swim for an additional 2 weeks after diarrhea has resolved. Don’t swallow the water. Keep your ears as dry as possible, and dry your ears thoroughly after swimming. Don’t swim if you have open wounds. For more information on RWIs, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/swimmers/rwi.html Missed the highlights? Click here to view previous highlights.