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[NACCHO Webinar] Waterborne Infectious Disease Burden and Recreational Water-Associated Illness in the United States

Nov 02, 2023 | Rebecca Rainey

December 4, 2023 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

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Join Shanna Miko, DNP, MPH, and Michele Hlavsa, RN, MPH of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to learn about the latest research on the burden of waterborne infectious disease, with a particular focus on estimates and prevention of recreational water-associated illness. Infectious waterborne disease continues to have a substantial impact on public health in the United States, despite widespread use of water treatment and disinfection in drinking water systems and recreational water venues. CDC researchers calculated estimates for 17 pathogens and illnesses and used structured expert judgement to divide the totals into burden estimates for recreational, drinking, and non-recreation non-drinking water exposures. Data indicates that a substantial portion of U.S. infectious waterborne disease is attributable to recreational water, and recreational water-associated illness is varied. Learn about how the CDC has created a suite of prevention resources, including the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC), to help prevent recreational water-associated illness.

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About the Speakers


Shanna Miko, DNP, MPH

Epidemiologist, Outbreak Surveillance and Analytics Program Lead, Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Shanna is currently an epidemiologist in the Department of Food, Water, and Environmental Diseases at the CDC in Atlanta, GA. She graduated with her BSN and MSN from the University of Missouri and worked as a clinical nurse in pediatric cardiac critical care focusing on neurodevelopmental outcomes for nearly 15 years. Her passion for population health led her to complete her MPH in 2020 and DNP in Health Innovation and Leadership at the University of Minnesota in 2021. Her career has been devoted to working within communities domestically and abroad to build capacity for health outcomes.

Michele Hlavsa, RN, MPH

Epidemiologist, Healthy Swimming and Cryptosporidiosis, Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Michele’s areas of expertise include recreational water–associated illness, particularly when caused by Cryptosporidium. She works investigations of outbreaks of recreational water–associated illness and collaborates with U.S. and international public health authorities and the aquatics sector to develop science-based prevention and control measures. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the College of New Jersey and a master’s in public health/epidemiology from Emory University.


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