May 2023: Direct From CDC/Environmental Health Services
Volume 85, Number 9
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Here Come the Surf Venues and Artificial Swimming LagoonsMichele C. Hlavsa, MPH, RN, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Joseph P. Laco, MSEH, REHS/RS, CPO, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidance to help prevent public aquatic venue-associated illness and injury through venue design, construction, operation, and management. Surf venues and artificial swimming lagoons (ASLs) present challenges as the risk of illness and injury are inherently different. CDC has been drafting interim guidance and an ad hoc committee from the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code will then develop and submit a change request that proposes inclusion of text specific to surf venues and ASLs for the fifth edition of the MAHC. CDC posted the fourth edition of the 2023 MAHC in February on its MAHC website. CDC will also post interim guidance for surf venues and ASLs later this year on its Healthy Swimming website.Read the Column