New advice for summer pool use

BENDIGO residents are being reminded to practice good personal hygiene when swimming to prevent cases of gastroenteritis.

Victoria’s chief health officer Rosemary Lester recently launched the Department of Health’s new Healthy Swimming Initiative.

Dr Lester said germs such as Cryptosporidium could hang around in pool water even when there was chlorine.

“The cryptosporidium parasite is found in the faeces of humans, cattle and other animals. Swallowing even a few Crypto in contaminated water can cause illness,” Dr Lester said.

“The symptoms are generally mild but can cause more serious problems for people whose immune system is already weakened by disease."

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