Drinking Water and Infectious Disease: Establishing the Links

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Unlike books that give a broad view of the public health issues, this book focuses on the question of how the link between drinking water and infectious disease can be demonstrated and proven. It gathers state-of-the-art information from an international team of experts to provide an overview of current best practices and direction for assessing the safety of drinking water and responding to adverse events. This user-friendly text is the only book to put forward clear guidance on the surveillance for and investigation of waterborne infectious disease at the local, national, and international levels. Presents methods and best practices for waterborne disease epidemiology and investigation Provides comprehensive coverage of traditional epidemiological/microbiological and engineering approaches Considers exciting new developments such as neural networks, geographical information systems, and genotyping Builds on the international policy debate of the OECD and WHO Includes the full executive summary of the Basingstoke meeting as an appendix to the introduction

There still exists considerable uncertainty in many countries about the contribution of drinking water to sporadic cases of disease. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), led the Workshop on Molecular Technologies for Safe Drinking Water in 1998 to address the role of water in the transmission of infectious disease. One of the results was a call for improved surveillance and outbreak investigation. Drinking Water and Infectious Disease: Establishing the Links, derived from an OECD workshop hosted by the UK government in Basingstoke, addresses that crucial recommendation.Unlike books that give a broad view on the public health issues regarding water and health, this book focuses on the tools available to identify the links between drinking water and infectious disease and how they might be used. It gathers state-of-the-art information from an international team of experts, including most of the world's leading authorities on waterborne disease epidemiology and investigation, to provide an overview of current best practices and direction for assessing the safety of drinking water and responding to adverse events.Organized into three sections, this user-friendly text is the only book to put forward clear guidance on the surveillance for and investigation of waterborne infectious disease at the local, national, and international levels. Based on an OECD international meeting, each section is introduced by the relevant session chairs, and includes research approaches using models and innovative field experiences to provide a wide selection of ideas for others to field test or modify. Researchers willbe able to use this information not only to study the epidemiology of infectious diseases, but also to investigate and prevent waterborne diseases. Drinking Water and Infectious Disease is a landmark text in both the field of waterborne disease and more generally in infectious disease epidemiology.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Patrick NMI Lanphier, BS, MS (Douglas County Health Department)
Description: The work addresses the important public health issue of drinking water safety. It provides an historical background on outbreaks and concerns, and it looks to the future, examining how various groups can apply surveillance, epidemiology, microbiology, networks, and data processing to protect our water.
Purpose: The book provides information on waterborne disease, epidemiologic studies, surveillance, and how these entities relate to a safe water supply. It encourages the development of new surveillance systems, sharing, networking, and engineering.
Audience: Epidemiologists, infectious diseases specialists, medical microbiologists, public health students, environmental health specialists, and engineers involved with drinking water systems will benefit from this book as will policymakers and professionals involved with protecting water supplies. The book is a collection of chapters prepared by an international array of authors with expertise in these areas.
Features: This book provides in-depth studies of waterborne outbreaks, pollution problems, and water concerns in the U.S., the U.K., and the rest of the world. It addresses problems relevant to large water treatment plants, distribution systems, hand dug wells, drilled wells, springs, and surface waters. It presents a variety of current methods related to surveillance, including neural networks and geographic information systems.
Assessment: This book will help to answer an important health concern: Is the water safe to drink?
From The Critics
This book originates from an OECD expert group meeting (held in July of 2000) that explored questions of how the link between drinking water quality and infectious disease can be demonstrated and proven. Hunter (health policy and practice, U. of East Anglia, UK), Waite (Drinking Water Inspectorate, UK), and Ronchi (OECD Biotechnology Unit, France) present 19 chapters that look at surveillance, the investigation and management of outbreaks of water-related disease, and methods for determining the contribution of drinking water to sporadic disease. Investigative and detection tools discussed include geographical information systems, time series analyses, seroepidemiology, case-control studies, and intervention studies. Also included is the executive summary of the OECD expert group meeting. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849312595
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/30/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Surveillance of Waterborne Disease, Pierre Payment
Principles and Components of Surveillance Systems, Paul R. Hunter
Local Surveillance Systems, Catherine Quigley, James J. Gibson, and Paul R. Hunter
National Surveillance Systems, Ros Stanwell-Smith, Yvonne Andersson, and Deborah A. Levy
International Surveillance, Paul R. Hunter

Investigation of Outbreaks of Waterborne Disease, Will Roberston and Al Dufour
A Systems Approach to the Investigation and Control of Waterborne Outbreaks, Catherine Quigley and Paul R. Hunter
Early Detection of Water-Related Disease Outbreaks, Jim Black and Christopher K. Fairley
Microbiology and the Investigation of Waterborne Outbreaks: Typing of Norwalk-Like Virus, Carl-Henrick von Bonsdorff and Leena Maunula
Microbiology and the Investigation of Waterborne Outbreaks: The Use of Cryptosporidium Typing in the Investigation of Waterborne Disease, Gordon Nichols and Jim McLauchlin
Engineering Considerations in the Investigation of Waterborne Outbreaks, Kim R. Fox
Causes of Waterborne Outbreaks Reported in the United States, 1991-98, Gunther F. Craun, Rebecca L. Calderon, and Nena Nwachuku
Cryptosporidium in England and Wales, W. Mike Waite and Peter Jiggins

Investigation of Sporadic Waterborne Disease, Jamie Bartram
Using Existing Surveillance-Based Data, Gordon Nichols
Geographical Information Systems, Friederike Dangendorf, Susanne Herbst, Martin Exner, and Thomas Kistemann
Time Series Analyses, Pascal Beaudeau
Seroepidemiology, Floyd J. Frost, Tim Muller, Twila Kunde, Gunther Craun, and Rebecca Calderon
Case-Control Studies, Brent Robertson, Christopher K. Fairley, Jim Black, and Martha Sinclair
Prospective Epidemiological Studies, Denis Zmirou and Leila Gofti-Laroche
Intervention Studies, Pierre Payment and Paul R. Hunter
Prospective Studies of Endemic Waterborne Disease in Developing Countries, Christine L. Moe


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