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  • Cost of waterborne diseases

    Hospitalisations for three common waterborne diseases cost the healthcare system as much as USD539 million annually. Research presented last week at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases, held in Atlanta (GA, USA) revealed the cost of Legionnaires" disease, cryptosporidiosis and giardiasis to patients and insurers. "These cost data highlight that water-related diseases pose ...

  • Waterborne disease expert and non-profit founder to share keynote duties at the opening general session of weftec 2011

    Dr. Rita Colwell, a distinguished Professor from the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, the 2010 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate, and a world-renowned expert on waterborne diseases, will deliver the technical keynote address during the Opening General Session of WEFTEC 2011 this fall in Los Angeles, Calif. Following Dr. Colwell will be a ...

  • Waterborne Amoeba Causes Third Death this Summer

    Today, CNN reported that the death of a teenager in Brevard County, Florida, has been linked to Naegleria fowleri.  This is the third death linked to the waterborne amoeba this year.  It is believed that the amoeba entered the teen’s body when she swam in a nearby river.  The other two confirmed cases this year occurred in Louisiana and Virginia. According to the U.S. Centers ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Climate change linked to spread of disease

    Climate change is emerging as a major threat to health and adding pressure on public health systems, especially in Africa, a senior UN official has said. 'It causes a rise in sea levels, accelerates erosion of coastal zones, increases the intensity and frequency of natural disasters and accelerates the extinction of species,' Luis Gomes Sambo, World Health Organization (WHO) regional director for ...


    By IRIN

  • Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreaks Cause Concerns

    EMSL Analytical provides Legionella testing solutions to help prevent outbreaks of the deadly disease caused by the waterborne bacteria. Cinnaminson, NJ. The International Conference on Emerging Diseases recently reported that water-related diseases cost the healthcare system as much as $539 million each year.  This alarming figure comes on the heels of several outbreaks of ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Early registration deadline for AWWA waterborne pathogens symposium is March 16

    The early registration deadline for the American Water Works Association’s sixth International Symposium on Waterborne Pathogens is March 16, 2015. The event will take place April 13-14 in Savannah, ...

  • Legionnaires’ Disease Leads to a $4.5 Million Verdict

    The indoor environmental quality (IEQ) professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide testing services to help prevent or respond to outbreaks of the deadly disease caused by the waterborne bacteria. In November a jury in Calhoun County Circuit Court awarded two men $4.5 million after they were stricken by Legionnaires’ disease.  The two men from the Jefferson County Road Department ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Sanitation `crucial` for tackling water-borne disease

    Effective and affordable interventions that provide the global population with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation are needed if water-borne diseases are ever to be controlled. This is the conclusion of a WHO report entitled 'Safe Water, Better Health', released last week (26 June). The report provides for the first time country-by-country estimates of disease caused by poor ...

  • Climate change brings new disease threats

    The rapid change in the world’s climate is putting Indonesia at greater risk of infectious diseases, according to health specialists. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) latest report stated that climate change would bring severe risks to developing countries such as Indonesia and have negative implications for achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and for health ...


    By IRIN

  • Chicago transit authority employee dies from Legionnaires’ disease

    Last month a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) electrician died from Legionnaires’ disease. The 37 year old male had been diagnosed just a few weeks earlier, but unfortunately succumbed to the bacterial infection. The electrician had been working at CTA facilities at Midway Airport and one other location in the Chicago area.Although the source of the water-borne Legionella that caused the ...


  • WHO ISSUES REVISED DRINKING WATER GUIDELINES TO HELP PREVENT WATER-RELATED OUTBREAKS AND DISEASE

    Untitled Document Marrakech/Geneva - Ensuring drinking water is safe is a challenge in every part of the world, from water piped into people's homes, to rural wells and water provided to refugee camps in an ...

  • Water Quality is Crucial to Human Health and Security

    Water Quality is Crucial to Human Health and Security Photos, video and press kit available online here: Stockholm –Tonight, Dr. Rita R. Colwell of the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health received the 2010 Stockholm Water Prize for her pioneering research on the prevention of ...

  • GSCF selects Bulane as new partner for their NGO

    As part of its plan of action against mortality due to contaminated water - set up early 2009 and expected to continue until 2015 - the GSCF (Groupe de Secours Catastrophe Français) has selected, after careful examination Watalys which allows the production of a sodium hypochlorite (chlorine) solution at very low cost. The receivers of the devices will be prepared. The GSCF ...


  • EPA announces safe drinking water research

    Let's raise our water glasses and toast to America's health! Water is essential to life, and one of EPA's highest priorities is ensuring America has drinking water safe from pathogens and other waterborne contaminants. Today, EPA announced the award of $3.6 million in research grants to four universities, one non-profit, and one research institute to improve the detection of known and emerging ...

  • AWWA officers to sort medical supplies for Project C.U.R.E.

    DENVER – Officers and executives from the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the authoritative resource on safe water, will show their support for global public health on Friday by sorting medical supplies for hospitals and clinics in developing nations at a Project C.U.R.E. warehouse in the greater Denver area. The officers, from throughout North America, will serve from 9 a.m. to ...


  • 2010 Stockholm Water Prize awarded to Rita Colwell

    The 2010 Stockholm Water Prize has been awarded to Rita Colwell for her research into preventing waterborne infectious diseases. The Committee praised her 'numerous seminal contributions towards solving the world's water and water-related public health problems'. While the work of US Water and Public Health Expert Rita Colwell 'has established the basis for environmental and infectious disease ...

  • 3.5 million at risk

    Up to 3.5m children are at high risk from deadly waterborne diseases in Pakistan following the country's floods, a UN spokesman has said. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has left Pakistan after saying the floods were the worst disaster he had seen. In southern Pakistan, floodwaters continue to cause havoc with floods surging from the province of Sindh to neighbouring Balochistan. This has led to ...

  • An Update on ASHRAE Standard 188P: Prevention of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems

    Recent publications indicate recognition that ASHRAE Standard 188P, Prevention of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems, is moving steadily toward final approval. Already the proposed Standard has been published twice in public review format. The second publication of the Standard appeared in a public review that closed July 25, 2011. Final approval of the Standard is anticipated ...


    By Phigenics, LLC

  • Graphic details of climate change for Latin America and the Caribbean

    The climate change challenges facing Latin America and the Caribbean have been laid out in graphic detail in a new publication by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Using charts, graphs and maps, Vital Climate Change Graphics for Latin America and the Caribbean depicts the major signs of climate change in the region, its physical impacts (such as environmental damage and a rise in ...

  • Public health `catastrophe` looms in Myanmar

    An estimated 1.5 million people in Myanmar are on the brink of a 'massive public health catastrophe,' the British charity Oxfam warned this weekend, as reports say desperate survivors of cyclone Nargis pour out of the Irrawaddy Delta into regional towns in search of water, food and other forms of help. The dire warning – and a plea for greater international access to the area – came after the ...


    By IRIN

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