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Swimmer's itch shows up in the Iowa Great Lakes region

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SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (KTIV) -

Iowa Department of Natural Resources officials say campers reported cases of swimmer's itch that was contracted last weekend on East Okoboji Lake in the Iowa Great Lakes Region.

Officials say a parasite causes swimmer's itch and most cases do not require medical attention.

It can be treated with anti-itch lotion and creams to relieve the rash.

They say to avoid swimming in marshy areas or areas containing aquatic plants.

The best way to prevent swimmer's itch is to limit the amount of time spent in the water and to towel off quickly after swimming.

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