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Body rashes of swimmers at Bangs Lake in Wauconda are blamed on parasites

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A McHenry County department of health news release stated that “swimmer’s itch,” or cercarial dermatitis, is an “allergic reaction to certain microscopic parasites that infect some birds and mammals. These parasites are released from infected snails into the water. If the parasite comes into contact with a swimmer, it burrows into the skin causing an allergic reaction and rash.”

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