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Published Case Studies of Waterborne Disease Outbreaks—Evidence of a Recurrent Threat

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Abstract:

Residents of affluent nations are remarkably lucky to have high-quality, safe drinking water supplies that most residents of modern cities enjoy, particularly when considered in contrast to the toll of death and misery that unsafe drinking water causes for most of the world's population. Some may presume that drinking-water disease outbreaks are a thing of the past, but complacency can easily arise. A review of drinking water outbreaks in developed countries over the past 3 decades reveals some of the reasons why drinking water outbreaks keep occurring when society clearly has the means to prevent them. Prevention of future outbreaks does not demand perfection, only a commitment to learn from past mistakes and to act on what has been learned.

Keywords: drinking water; epidemic; microbial pathogens; prevention; safety; waterborne disease

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/106143006X95483

Publication date: March 1, 2007

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  • Water Environment Research® (WER®) publishes peer-reviewed research papers, research notes, state-of-the-art and critical reviews on original, fundamental and applied research in all scientific and technical areas related to water quality, pollution control, and management. An annual Literature Review provides a review of published books and articles on water quality topics from the previous year.

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