Ottawa County Health Department Beach Health Campaign

Aug 07, 2013 | Alyson Jordan

Public Health officials are concerned with water recreational illnesses to keep our communities healthy and safe. Ottawa County, Michigan has beautiful beaches! However, natural bodies of water contain microorganisms regardless of how clean or clear the waters look. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, germs that cause Recreational Water Illnesses are spread by swallowing, breathing in the mists or aerosols from, or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, water parks, hot tubs, interactive fountains, water play areas, lakes, rivers, or oceans. Contaminates include rain and agricultural runoff, animal excrements, and faulty septic systems. The Ottawa County Health Department encourages residents to take preventive steps to minimize health risks and enjoy your summer break.

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