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Swimming is a healthy summertime activity, but health officials remind swimmers that they can reduce the chance of getting a waterborne illness by adopting hygiene habits that keep germs out of the water. Hand-washing after using the restroom or changing diapers is one basic. Public pools such as the Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center in Willmar, shown here, have protocols they follow if there's a mishap or accidental exposure. (Tribune file photo)

Health officials remind swimmers about waterborne disease prevention


WILLMAR -- What you don't see in the water could make you sick.

Health officials issued a well-timed reminder this past week urging swimmers to practice basic hygiene to avoid swapping waterborne germs.

It's a risk that many people may not be aware of, said Trisha Robinson, a Minnesota Department of Health epidemiologist specializing in waterborne diseases.

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Anne Polta

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