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Fact Sheets

Fact sheets are designed for all swimmers, especially for parents with young children and for aquatics staff. These fact sheets raise awareness about recreational water illnesses (RWIs). They also provide easy steps for protecting swimmers from RWIs.

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Swimmer Protection

Information on Swimmer Protection

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Media Release

"Protect Your Family at the Pool This Summer" PDF icon (PDF document, 43 KB)
500 words on RWIs for use in newsletters, papers, and other print media.

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Disinfection and Operation Guidelines

Information on Disinfection and Operation of Pools and Spas

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Illnesses Sometimes Spread Through Recreational Water in the United States


Crypto (short for Cryptosporidium)PDF icon (PDF document, 51 KB)

Crypto for People Living With Compromised Immune Systems
PDF icon (PDF document, 42 KB)

E. coli 0157:H7

Giardia PDF icon (PDF document, 50 KB)




Viral Gastroenteritis (Diarrhea)

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Skin, Ear, and Eye Infections

Molluscum (Molluscum Contagiosum)

Conjunctivitis (Adenovirus)

"Hot Tub Rash" Pseudomonas Dermatitis PDF icon (PDF document, 75 KB)

"Swimmer's Ear" Otitis ExternaPDF icon (PDF document, 44 KB)

"Swimmer's Itch" Cercarial Dermatitis

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Respiratory Infections

Pharyngoconjunctival Fever (Adenovirus)

Legionellosis: Legionnaire's Disease (LD) and Pontiac Fever

Mycobacterium avium complex

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Neurologic Infections

Aseptic Meningitis (Enterovirus Infection)

Naegleria Infection

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Wound Infections

Vibrio parahaemolyticus

Vibrio vulnificus

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Other Illnesses

Hepatitis A (viral)


Illnesses Sometimes Spread Through Use of International Recreational Water

Can't Find the Illness You Want? Visit CDC's A to Z Index of all Illnesses (Not Just Recreational Water Illnesses)

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Content Source: Division of Parasitic Diseases, National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-borne, and Enteric Diseases
Page last modified: April 25, 2007