Preventative Care

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about preventative care.

What is a recreational water illness?

Dr. Khatib discusses recreational water illnesses. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Recreational water illnesses (RWIs) are sicknesses caused by germs spread by swallowing, breathing mists of or having contact with contaminated water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon (CDC). Chemicals in the water also can cause RWIs.

Contaminated water that can cause RWIs, according to the CDC, usually are found in:

  • Fountains
  • Hot tubs
  • Lakes
  • Oceans
  • Rivers
  • Swimming pools
  • Water parks
  • Water play areas

RWIs include a variety of infections including ear, eye, gastrointestinal, respiratory, skin and wound infections, according to the CDC.

Diarrhea is the most commonly reported RWI, according to the CDC, which can be caused by germs including Crypto, E. coli, Giardia, norovirus and Shigella.

Talk to your doctor for more information about RWIs.

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Source: Suzanne Bell, MD, Vandalia Family Care; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Nicholas Davis, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Timothy Markus, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Allison Mendenhall, PA-C, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Breanna Veal, PA-C, Walden Ponds Primary Care: James Halderman, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Ziad Khatib, MD, Fairfield Road Physicians; Christopher Lauricella, DO, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Ann DeClue, MD, Ann DeClue, MD; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center, Tammy Taylor, DO, The Pediatric Group; Nicholas Davis, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Mark Williams, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine