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Sporadic Gastroenteritis and Recreational Swimming in a Longitudinal Community Cohort Study in Melbourne, Australia

Katie Dale, Rory Wolfe, Martha Sinclair, Margaret Hellard, Karin Leder



The relation between sporadic gastroenteritis and recreational swimming was examined in a cohort of 2,811 people in Melbourne, Australia, over a 15-month period (September 1997-February 1999). Data from a prospective community-based study of gastroenteritis were used for a Poisson analysis of temporality between reported swimming (in public or private pools/spas and in marine or freshwater settings) and a highly credible gastroenteritis (HCG) event. Overall, HCG events were more likely in participants who had swum in a public pool/spa (incidence rate ratio (IRR) = 1.25, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.10, 1.42; P = 0.001) or river/lake/dam (IRR = 1.77, 95% CI: 1.13, 2.79; P = 0.014) during t..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The Water Quality Study was conducted by the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, and the Melbourne Water Corporation under the auspices of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Quality and Treatment. Several agencies provided financial support for the initial study, including the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Quality and Treatment; the Water Services Association of Australia; the Melbourne Water Corporation; South East Water Limited; Yarra Valley Water Limited; City West Water Limited; and the Department of Human Services, Victoria. M. H. was supported by a scholarship from the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Australian government's Cooperative Research Centres Program. K. D. received support from the Victorian Public Health Training Scheme.