Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment / Edition 1

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The first complete guide to the quantitative assessment of risks to humans posed by infectious agents in all environmental media. Recent highly-publicized infectious disease outbreaks in the United States and abroad have engendered mounting political pressure to require the use of quantitative techniques in the assessment of the risks of human exposure to an array of microorganisms. While traditional indicator methods for pathogen assessment and control have always left much to be desired, it is only with the advent of modern microbial methods that it is now possible to establish rigorous testing protocols for infectious agents comparable to those in place for chemical agents and other contaminants. A book whose time has come, Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment equips environmental and public health professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to comply with the rapidly growing demand for quantitative risk testing of infectious agents. Authored by an interdisciplinary team of experts from the fields of environmental engineering, marine science, and soil and water science, this is the first comprehensive guide to state-of-the-art quantitative microbial risk assessment methods. It provides you with:
• Exhaustive coverage of potential infectious agents and their modes of transmission.
• Systematic presentations of quantitative risk, hazard, and exposure assessment techniques.
• Numerous worked examples throughout the book.
• Fascinating case studies illustrating the application of quantitative methods to various situations. Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment is an important working resource for professionals in the fields of environmental health, environmental engineering, public health, and microbiology. It is also an excellent graduate-level text for students of those disciplines.

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Sets forth methods for quantitative assessment of risks to humans posed by infectious agents transmitted via food, water, soil, and air in a framework that is comparable to those in place for chemical agents and other contaminants. The guide lists potential infectious agents and their modes of transmission, then describes quantitative risk, hazard, and exposure assessment techniques. The authors provide worked example and case studies illustrating the application of methods to various situations. The book can serve as a graduate- level text or resource for professional in environmental health, environmental engineering, public health, and microbiology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471183976
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/26/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles N. Haas is the head of the department of Civil,Architectural and Environmental Engineering at Drexel Universityand the Betz Chair Professor of Environmental Engineering.  Hehas served on numerous advisory committees of the US EPA and theNational Research Council

Joan Rose serves as the Homer Nowlin Chair in WaterResearch at Michigan State University, the Co-Director of theCenter for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment (CAMRA) and theDirector of the Center for Water Sciences (CWS).  She is amember of the National Academy of Engineering.

Charles P. Gerba is a Professor in the department ofSoil, Water and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona.He is the author of 11 books and over 400 journal papers. Dr. Gerbais a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ScienceAdvisory Board Committees on Drinking Water and ResearchStrategies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Scope of Coverage 9
2 Microbial Agents and Their Transmission 18
3 Risk Assessment Paradigms 86
4 Conducting the Hazard Identification 107
5 Analytical Methods for Developing Occurrence and Exposure Databases 137
6 Exposure Assessment 162
7 Conducting the Dose-Response Assessment 260
8 Conducting the Risk Characterization 320
9 Compendium of Data 396
Index 441
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