Recreational Water Illnesses

Washington State Department of Health

Swimming pools, spas, lakes, rivers, or oceans are all potential sources of water recreation illness. Recreational water illnesses typically affect a person’s stomach and intestines, skin, or respiratory system. More information on recreational water illness can be found on the Washington State Department of Health website.

If you think you have a recreational water illness that needs medical attention, contact your health care provider. Providers should report suspected recreational water illnesses to the Health District at (509) 886-6400.

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