Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to site content
CDC Home

Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week — May 19–25

May 19–25, 2014, marks the 10th annual Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week. This observance highlights ways in which swimmers, parents, pool owners and operators, beach managers, and public health can maximize the health benefits of water-based physical activity, while avoiding water-associated illness and injury.

To help keep swimming a healthy and safe activity, CDC has recently published four reports on illness and injury risks associated with recreational water (e.g., pools and lakes) (14). CDC provides health and safety tips online to help swimmers, parents, and others prevent recreational water–associated illnesses (; drownings (; injury from pool chemicals (; and exposure to harmful algal blooms (

CDC has also posted the second draft of the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) ( for final public comment through May 27, 2014. MAHC guidelines for public treated recreational water venues (e.g., pools) are expected to be available this summer.


  1. CDC. Recreational water–associated disease outbreaks—United States, 2009–2010. MMWR 2014;63:6–10.
  2. CDC. Racial/ethnic disparities in fatal unintentional drowning among persons aged ≤29 years—United States, 1999–2010. MMWR 2014;63:421–6.
  3. CDC. Pool chemical–associated health events in public and residential settings—United States, 2003–2012, and Minnesota, 2013. MMWR 2014;63:427–30.
  4. CDC. Algal bloom–associated disease outbreaks among users of freshwater lakes—United States, 2009–2010. MMWR 2014;63:11–5.

Use of trade names and commercial sources is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

References to non-CDC sites on the Internet are provided as a service to MMWR readers and do not constitute or imply endorsement of these organizations or their programs by CDC or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CDC is not responsible for the content of pages found at these sites. URL addresses listed in MMWR were current as of the date of publication.

All MMWR HTML versions of articles are electronic conversions from typeset documents. This conversion might result in character translation or format errors in the HTML version. Users are referred to the electronic PDF version ( and/or the original MMWR paper copy for printable versions of official text, figures, and tables. An original paper copy of this issue can be obtained from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), Washington, DC 20402-9371; telephone: (202) 512-1800. Contact GPO for current prices.

**Questions or messages regarding errors in formatting should be addressed to The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   1600 Clifton Road Atlanta, GA 30329-4027, USA
800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - Contact CDC–INFO
A-Z Index
  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E
  6. F
  7. G
  8. H
  9. I
  10. J
  11. K
  12. L
  13. M
  14. N
  15. O
  16. P
  17. Q
  18. R
  19. S
  20. T
  21. U
  22. V
  23. W
  24. X
  25. Y
  26. Z
  27. #