Monday, 2 August 2004

Things that should go without saying

The CDC’s Division of Parasitic Diseases has reported that many Americans are getting sick each summer from diseases spread in public pools.

One of the largest pool-related outbreaks in the country happened last August in Lawrence, Kansas, when as many as 600 people may have been sickened by the parasitic disease cryptosporidium. The CDC found that the parasite was spread through local pools, day care centers and people who lived together.

This summer, the Lawrence-Douglas County health department has been trying to help pool operators and swimmers learn how to keep their pools germ-free. The No. 1 message: Don’t swim if you have diarrhea.



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Two things come to my mind:

Defiantly drinking from the water fountains in Milwaukee, 1993.

The quote, “This is Lawrence, Kansas. Is there anybody out there? Anybody at all?”

Misquoted, of course, because that’s more than 11 years ago,

The No. 1 message: Don’t swim if you have diarrhea.

I am scared—nay, terrified—that people actually have to be told this.

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