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Tips for Staying Healthy on the Lake

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Bacteria and viruses in the water can cause some ear and eye infections, stomach aches, diarrhea, and flu-like symptoms. MDH, Hennepin County, and CDC offer some tips that everyone can take to minimize the risk of illness while enjoying the water and to keep the lake healthy for everyone.

Minimize the risk of illness while on the lake

  • Don’t swallow the water
  • Shower after swimming
  • Avoid swimming after a rain event
  • Avoid swimming near discharge pipes
  • Avoid swimming if you see a blue-green algal bloom
  • Wash your hands before eating

Help keep the lake healthy for everyone

  • Stay out of the water if you have diarrhea
  • Shower before swimming
  • Don’t go to the bathroom in the water
  • Take frequent bathroom breaks
  • Change diapers frequently and away from the water
  • Dispose of trash, animal waste, raw meat juices, and boat waste properly
Posted on: July 1st, 2020