With the arrival of hot summer weather, the Wyoming Department of Health is warning people to take steps to protect themselves from catching or spreading diseases associated with water.

WDH epidemiologist Katie Bryan said some of the water-related illnesses to be aware of include cryptosporidiosis, giardiasis, and shigellosis. Disease symptoms can include such things as diarrhea, stomach cramping, nausea and appetite loss.

Bryan says one important thing to remember is to never drink untreated water.

Even chlorinated water in swimming pools is not always safe. Cryptosporidium, for example, can live for more than ten days in chlorinated water. Health officials urge people to take the following steps to stay safe:

·           Avoid swimming on days when you are experiencing diarrhea. Germs can spread into the water and make others sick.
·           Don't swallow swimming water and avoid getting water into your mouth.
·           Practice good hygiene. Shower with soap before swimming and wash hands after using the toilet or changing diapers.
·           Parents of young children should remember to:
o   Wash children before swimming (especially their rear ends).
o   Check diapers every 30–60 minutes. Change diapers in a bathroom or a diaper-changing area and not next to a pool or lake.
o   Take children to the bathroom every 30–60 minutes. Waiting to hear “I have to go,” may mean it's too late.

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