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Outdoor swimmers warned of infection risk

Outdoor swimmers warned of infection risk

People who swim in open water, such as lakes, rivers and reservoirs, risk contracting potentially serious infections.

The activity is growing in popularity in the UK, but there have been outbreaks of gastrointestinal infections reported associated with open water swimming, the most recent in late 2012 on the River Thames in London.

This particular outbreak prompted an investigation by Public Health England (PHE), who have published a new leaflet about open water swimming.

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