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The videos below discuss recreational water illnesses (RWIs) and steps to take to prevent them. Public health professionals are encouraged to use these videos to raise awareness and educate their community on RWI prevention. These may be especially helpful for use by the local media before the start of the summer swim season or during outbreaks involving pool and other swimming venues.

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RWI Police — Winner of the 2011 Healthy Swimming Video Contest


RWI Police
(Winner of the 2011 Healthy Swimming Video Contest)
Running time: (1:00)
Release Date: 7/25/2011
Closed Captioned Closed Captioned for the Hearing Impaired

Summary: Spoofing the popular show “Cops,” this video uses humor to educate the public about recreational water illnesses (RWIs) and what everyone can do to prevent them.

Healthy Swimming Summer — Runner-Up of the 2011 Healthy Swimming Video Contest

Healthy Swimming Summer
(Runner-up of the 2011 Healthy Swimming Video Contest)
Running time: (1:00)
Release Date: 7/25/2011
Closed Captioned Closed Captioned for the Hearing Impaired

Summary: This video provides simple and effective instruction on what the public needs to know about preventing the spread of recreational water illnesses (RWIs).

In the Swim of Things

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In the Swim of Things
Running Time: (3:52)
Release Date: 5/18/2009
Closed Captioned Closed Captioned for the Hearing Impaired

Summary: Though swimming is a popular sports activity with many health benefits, swimming-related illness in the United States is on the rise. The main culprit: a chlorine-resistant parasite known as Cryptosporidium (or "Crypto" for short). In a fun-filled reminder, experts show you how to keep your family healthy and safe when you get "In the Swim of Things."

Healthy Swimming Is No Accident

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Healthy Swimming Is No Accident
Running Time: (:30)
Release Date: 5/18/2009
Closed Captioned Closed Captioned for the Hearing Impaired

Summary: Healthy swimming expert Michael Beach warns about the superbug "Crypto" – the most common cause of recreational water illness (RWI) and suggests that anyone with diarrhea should stay out of the water. The video explains that although chlorine kills most germs, Crypto can survive for days in properly chlorinated water.

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