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Infections from swimming pools on rise in Okinawa

Date Posted: 2003-08-08

Japanís exceptionally hot weather has attracted record numbers of people to nationís swimming pools. As a result, various infections and ailments contacted at these facilities have risen to record numbers. Okinawa is no exception. According to prefecture health officials, young children visiting swimming pools are at particularly high risk, mostly because the childrenís pools are small and shallow, causing the little amounts of water to easily become contaminated.

Okinawa officials say the infections cause fevers, colds, rashes and eye infections. In order to reduce the risks, officials urge parents to make sure that their children wash themselves thoroughly and go to the toilet before venturing to pools. They also warn against sharing towels.

Based on information from 3,000 medical facilities throughout the country, officials say infections related to swimming pools in July clearly exceeded the previous record from July 1993.

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