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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Engaging with the water sector for public health benefits: waterborne pathogens and diseases in developed countries
Authors: Bridge, Jonathan
Oliver, David
Chadwick, Dave R
Godfray, H Charles J
Heathwaite, A Louise
Kay, David
Maheswaran, Ravi
McGonicle, Daniel F
Nicols, Gordon
Pickup, Roger
Porter, Jonathan
Wastling, Jonathan M
Banwart, Steven A
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Keywords: pathogen
water quality
public health
Issue Date: Nov-2010
Publisher: World Health Organization
Citation: Bridge J, Oliver D, Chadwick DR, Godfray HCJ, Heathwaite AL, Kay D, Maheswaran R, McGonicle DF, Nicols G, Pickup R, Porter J, Wastling JM & Banwart SA (2010) Engaging with the water sector for public health benefits: waterborne pathogens and diseases in developed countries, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 88 (11), pp. 873-875.
Abstract: An editorial published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization in 2008 argued for stronger engagement between the health and water sectors, commenting “a public health perspective in water management provides opportunities to both improve population health and reduce costs.” When viewed from a public health perspective, water is typically considered in terms of drinking, bathing and waste disposal but other activities, particularly food production, inshore fisheries and recreation, form important points of human contact. The water sector is diverse, comprising environmental sciences, engineering, the water supply industry, regulatory authorities and government policy-makers. A new level of engagement to involve the water sector in public health objectives is therefore dependent upon establishing a basis for dialogue and collaboration between these stakeholders, who bring widely differing conceptual approaches and practical concerns. In support of this aim, we present here a perspective on waterborne pathogens and diseases from a multidisciplinary expert group from the environmental science, microbiology, water industry, regulatory and health protection communities in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Irel
Type: Journal Article
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Affiliation: University of Sheffield
Biological and Environmental Sciences
North Wyke Research
University of Oxford
Lancaster University
Aberystwyth University
University of Sheffield
Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Health Protection Agency
Lancaster University
Environment Agency
University of Liverpool
University of Liverpool

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