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Fact Sheets

The fact sheets below deal specifically with recreational water and are designed to address issues relevant to various audiences, including swimmers, parents with young children, aquatics staff, and public health professionals. These fact sheets raise awareness about recreational water illnesses (RWIs) and other healthy swimming topics. If you encounter problems with printing, you can learn more about printing these materials.


For Swimmers and Hot Tub Users

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For Pool Operators and Public Health Professionals


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Illnesses and Germs Commonly Spread Through Recreational Water in the U.S.



Illnesses and Germs Unlikely to be Spread in Recreational Water Facilities in the U.S.


Some illnesses, such as head lice, MRSA, and pinworm, are unlikely to be spread in recreational water. However, there is a potential risk for spreading them at recreational water facilities through contact with other people or contaminated objects and surfaces.


Model Aquatic Health Code

The Model Aquatic Health Code: Making Swimming Healthy and Safe

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