MANTUA — Swimmer’s itch, a condition blamed on a microscopic parasite that burrows into the skin, is causing problems for swimmers in Mantua Reservoir.
This condition is caused by an allergic reaction to the infection by the parasite.
“This happens each year in Mantua, but it is just a little earlier this year,” said Dr. Edward Redd, deputy director for the Bear River Health Department. “We discourage people from playing or swimming in this water.”
Symptoms include: tingling, burning or itching, reddish pimples or small blisters.
These symptoms may occur within minutes to days of swimming in contaminated water. The more often you are in contaminated water, the more likely you are to develop more serious symptoms.
For more information, visit www.brhd.org.