Emerging issues in water and infectious diseases

[Emerging issues in water and infectious diseases]

Human development and population growth exert many and diverse pressures on the quality and quantity of water resources and on access to them. Nowhere are the pressures felt so strongly as at the interface of water and human health. Infectious, water-related diseases are a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Although a significant proportion of this immense burden of disease is caused by ‘classical’ water-related pathogens, such as typhoid and cholera, newly-recognized pathogens and new strains of established pathogens are being discovered that present important additional challenges to both the water and public health sectors. Between 1972 and 1999, 35 new agents of disease were discovered and many more have re-emerged after long periods of inactivity, or are expanding into areas where they have not previously been reported.

World Health Organization (WHO) - Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS)

Language: Inglés

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