November 2005: Volume 47, Number 11
Dealer Alert: Preventing Recreational Water Illness
by Tom Lachocki
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, but unfortunately, often something bad has to happen before we pull together to create something good.
Over the last decade, documented recreational water illness (RWI) outbreaks have been increasing, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). The agency documented a record number of RWI outbreaks in the 2001/2002 biannual report (MMWR Oct 22, 2004). Although perhaps attributable to more outbreaks and better reporting, the ideal to which we aspire is a decrease in outbreaks, period -- despite those factors.
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