Please be advised that possible parasites causing the condition commonly known as Swimmer’s Itch have been reported at the Hay River Territorial Park beach. The condition results from contact with a water parasite that causes localized skin irritation. Itching typically begins 10-30 minutes after exposure and can last a few days to a week.
To prevent contracting Swimmer’s Itch:
• Avoid spending extended periods of time in the water.
• Wash off and briskly rub the skin with a cloth immediately after leaving the water. Dry off, do not leave drops of water on your skin.
• Avoid swimming where Swimmer’s Itch is a problem.
Should you suspect contact with Swimmer’s Itch or would like further information on the subject, contact your local health centre.