Summer is just around the corner and many of you are already planning fun water-related activities. The Florida Department of Health in Seminole County and Seminole County Public Schools would like to remind everyone to be safe this Memorial Day weekend and during the summer months to come. Everyone plays a role in preventing illnesses, caused by germs in the water, and injuries, such as drowning.
One of the biggest hidden concerns is the amoeba called Naegleria fowleri, a free-living amoeba that infects the brain and central nervous system that can cause death. The amoeba lives in warm bodies of freshwater lakes, rivers, ponds, hot springs, and poorly maintained, minimally-chlorinated and/or un-chlorinated swimming pools. When in fresh water keep your head above the water, hold your nose shut or use nose clips, do not dive into water, and avoid digging in, or stirring up, the sediment.
If fever, nausea, vomiting, and stiff or painful neck are experienced after recreational water activities seek immediate medical attention. Do not wait! Inform medical staff of any fresh water exposure.
Also, remember to take simple precautions to prevent injury or drowning. Learn how to swim, and teach children how to swim, use life jackets, provide continuous supervision of swimmers, and know CPR. In addition, always prevent unsupervised access to pools.
We hope these simple tips will help you and your family enjoy a Healthy and Safe Summer!
For more information, please visit:
-Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) & the Florida Health Department - Seminole County
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