Have you got the itch?

Swimmer’s Itch is the common name for a rash you can develop after swimming in many lakes around the world. The itch is caused by free-swimming larvae of parasites, called schistosomes, accidentally penetrating your skin while you are in the water. This causes an allergic reaction to occur and results in a rash to form that can last up to two weeks. By filling out the survey with information related to your recent case of swimmer’s itch, you can help us inform others of where Swimmer’s itch outbreaks are occuring. The information from the survey is used to update an outbreak map. The map is interactive and highlights recent swimmer’s itch reports, so you can keep up-to-date with the latest outbreaks.