- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Memorial Day is less than a week away, and the state Department of Health is urging Oklahomans to follow healthy swimming behaviors in lakes, rivers and pools to prevent spreading diseases.

Officials say healthy swimming behaviors can prevent recreational water illnesses like norovirus and E. coli that are caused by swallowing or having contact with organisms in contaminated water. They can also be caused by inhaling mists or aerosols from contaminated water.

Health officials recommend that swimmers avoid swallowing pool or lake water to prevent getting water in the mouth and avoid ingesting harmful germs.

Harmful algal blooms may continue to occur in some Oklahoma lakes and produce toxins that result in illness. Contact with contaminated water can result in eye, ear and throat irritation and vomiting or abdominal cramps.

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