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Health Tip: Swim Safely in a Pool

(HealthDay News) -- Swimming is a great way to stay active and spend time with family and friends.

But if you or a family member has an intestinal bug, it's important to avoid a pool. While chlorine can help keep water safe from other germs, some diarrhea-causing germs can survive in chlorinated water for more than seven days, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

The CDC suggests these additional safe-swimming tips:

  • Don't swallow pool water.
  • Take kids on bathroom breaks every hour.
  • Change diapers in a bathroom or diaper-changing area -- not poolside.
  • Shower before you get in the water to wash away germs.

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