Waterborne Disease: Epidemiology and Ecology / Edition 1

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Overview

Water borne disease is responsible for millions of deaths worldwide every year. Within both developed and developing countries the demand for clean drinking and bathing water is ever increasing and the control of water borne disease is therefore of extreme importance. The book first addresses the magnitude of the problem, with subsequent chapters on specific diseases including Crytosporidiosis, Schistosomiasis, legionellosis and viral gastrointeritis. Concluding chapters discuss practical control issues such as basic water treatment and the problems of water borne disease control in less developed countries.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Bernard J. Turnock, MD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: The reduction of risks associated with impure water and water supplies has contributed greatly to improved health status in developed nations. Still, waterborne diseases take a heavy toll in terms of mortality and morbidity worldwide. This book provides a catalog of waterborne diseases highlighting their epidemiological and engineering aspects.
Purpose: Intended to serve as a resource and reference on the epidemiological and ecological aspects of diseases spread through water, this book also serves to re-establish the importance of waterborne health risks in the modern world.
Audience: Public health and medical professionals, microbiologists, and students of these disciplines will appreciate this compendium.
Features: Its major feature is the inclusion of more than 30 distinct diseases and conditions that are waterborne. Traditional bacterial diseases are included alongside other microorganisms and viruses; even cancer and pregnancy outcomes are addressed. Some chapters are quite brief, others more fully examine current status and risks. The book's features are average and unremarkable in most respects. There are fewer illustrations, charts, and graphs than would be expected in a volume such as this. However, those included are appropriate and interesting.
Assessment: This resource fills an interesting niche in comprehensively examining the epidemiological and ecological aspects of waterborne conditions. Although dry in its presentation, this book ably argues that the safety and purity of potable water is critical to worldwide health.
From the Publisher
"It is well written, clearly laid out and easily understood. If you come across a water-related disease problem, this should be the first book to turn to." (Environmental Health Journal, March 1999)
Environmental Health Journal
It is well written, clearly laid out and easily understood. If you come across a water-related disease problem, this should be the first book to turn to.
Bernard J. Turnock
The reduction of risks associated with impure water and water supplies has contributed greatly to improved health status in developed nations. Still, waterborne diseases take a heavy toll in terms of mortality and morbidity worldwide. This book provides a catalog of waterborne diseases highlighting their epidemiological and engineering aspects. Intended to serve as a resource and reference on the epidemiological and ecological aspects of diseases spread through water, this book also serves to re-establish the importance of waterborne health risks in the modern world. Public health and medical professionals, microbiologists, and students of these disciplines will appreciate this compendium. Its major feature is the inclusion of more than 30 distinct diseases and conditions that are waterborne. Traditional bacterial diseases are included alongside other microorganisms and viruses; even cancer and pregnancy outcomes are addressed. Some chapters are quite brief, others more fully examine current status and risks. The book's features are average and unremarkable in most respects. There are fewer illustrations, charts, and graphs than would be expected in a volume such as this. However, those included are appropriate and interesting. This resource fills an interesting niche in comprehensively examining the epidemiological and ecological aspects of waterborne conditions. Although dry in its presentation, this book ably argues that the safety and purity of potable water is critical to worldwide health.
Environmental Health Journal
It is well written, clearly laid out and easily understood. If you come across a water-related disease problem, this should be the first book to turn to.
Booknews
A comprehensive overview of waterborne-related health problems providing coverage of the epidemiological aspects of the issue for engineers and water scientists while clarifying the engineering aspects of water treatment processes for medical personnel. Each chapter addresses a specific disease group, presenting a detailed examination of a given pathogen's microbiology, clinical aspects, and diagnosis. Chapters also review the distribution of each pathogen in the aquatic environment and discuss outbreaks and sporadic disease from microbiological, epidemiological, and water supply perspectives. Includes a very few b&w photographs and illustrations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471966463
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:

Water Supply and Distribution.

Drinking Water and Waterborne Disease.

Dracunculiasis (Guinea Worm Infestation).

Schistosomiasis.

Giardiasis.

Cylospora.

Naegleria.

Cyanobacteria.

Shigellosis (Bacillary Dysentery).

Escherichia Coli.

Yersinia Infections.

Aeromonas Infections.

Melioidosis.

Leptospirosis.

Tularaemia.

Viral Hepatitis.

Viral Gastroenteritis.

Adenoviral Infections.

Cancer and Water.

Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes and Water.

References.

Index.

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