Waterborne Diseases

Waterborne diseases are those in which the consumption of or exposure to water and/or water systems lead to illness. Common waterborne diseases include, but are not limited to, giardiasis, cryptosporidiosis, vibriosis, shigellosis, and legionellosis. Gastrointestinal, respiratory, and wound infections are typical signs and symptoms of these diseases. These diseases implicate compromised water sanitation and safety that have the potential to affect a large number of people. ADPH is committed to keeping you informed of potential risks that lead to waterborne illnesses; investigating transmission of pathogens that may result in such illnesses; and implementing strategies that will reduce the spread of further sickness.

Spotlight: Healthy and Safe Swimming Week 2019

May 20-26, 2019 is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week! This year's focus is pool chemistry. Learn more on swimming healthy and conducting your own mini inspection before getting into any treated water. Be sure to follow Alabama Public Health on social media to get tips on safe swimming throughout the week. Check out the music video below for a fun message on healthy swimming for kids!

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Page last updated: May 22, 2019