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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
Author(s): 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
Water quality Standards Great Britain
Water quality management Great Britain
Water quality Health aspects
Waterborne infection
Health risk assessment
Issue Date: Nov-2010
Date Deposited: 19-Apr-2011
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 Ireland.
DOI Link: 10.2471/BLT.09.072512
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