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Health Officials: Swimmers Advised To Swim With Care

Last updated on Thursday, May 23, 2013

(UNDATED) - State health officials are urging people to be careful as they head for Indiana’s lakes and other bodies of water for summer recreation.

The Indiana State Department of Health this week issued a list of health warnings for swimmers and others as Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer swimming season.

Each year, thousands of Americans get sick from germs or injured in places where they swim. In Indiana, there were 62 deaths from drowning or submersion in 2010.

Officials say one key to safe swimming is to be wary of activities that can spread germs, such as swimming with an intestinal illness or swallowing pool water. They also advise watching for blue-green algae at reservoirs, lakes, ponds and slow-moving streams and avoiding contact with algae while swimming.

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