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Reminder to avoid swimming for 48 hours after heavy rain
30 November 2018

With heavy rain forecast for much of the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts, the local Medical Officer of Health would like to remind the public of the standard public health advice to always avoid swimming in streams, rivers and beaches for 48 hours after heavy rain.

“After heavy rain there is likely to be contamination from rural and urban run-off,” says Dr Neil de Wet, Medical Officer of Health for Toi Te Ora Public Health.  “To avoid illnesses such as diarrhoea, vomiting, skin infections or ear infections, it’s best to avoid swimming in rivers, streams, beaches, lakes and harbour areas for at least 48 hours after heavy rainfall events,” says Dr de Wet.

Image caption: It’s best to avoid swimming in rivers, streams, beaches, lakes and harbour areas for 48 hours after heavy rain.

Last modified: 06 Mar 2018
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