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A quick way to cool off on a hot, summer day is to jump in a lake or river for a swim. But, the longer the heat is on, the better chance for the water to become contaminated.

Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic say warmth encourages bacteria to grow. To lower your risk for infection, avoid swallowing water, cover up any open cuts and check the status online of your favorite swimming hole for bacteria counts.

[Metro Networks]

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