Latest Waterborne diseases Stories

2011-06-07 10:20:14

Kids love to spend the summer at the local pool, lake or beach but it's possible they could end up with more than just a tan. Recreational water use can lead to illnesses, says a Baylor College of Medicine pediatric infectious disease expert. "Spending time in the water should be fun for families, not something that makes them sick," said Dr. Gordon Schutze, professor of pediatrics at BCM. "By following a few basic precautions, kids and parents may be able to prevent water-borne illnesses."...

2011-01-20 16:35:28

Just over a year after the earthquake in Haiti killed 222,000 people there's a new problem that is killing Haitians. A cholera outbreak has doctors in the area scrambling and the water-borne illness has already claimed 3600 lives according to officials with M©dicin Sans Frontires (Doctors without Borders). Stefan Pukatzki, a bacteriologist in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta, is hoping that down the road he can help prevent deadly cholera outbreaks....

2011-01-14 18:58:12

Laser sheds light on tracking source of microbial contamination on beach A simple, automated method of tracking E. coli uses a laser to detect and monitor the microbe in potentially contaminated bodies of water or waterways. The technique described this month in the International Journal of Computational Biology and Drug Design could reduce the incidence of waterborne disease outbreaks. Microbial contamination of water is a worldwide environmental and health problem. Water related diseases...

2010-08-24 11:14:00

Aid agency says needs of the displaced "far exceed" the resources available Health concerns exacerbated by lack of shelter, some families may not be able to return home for at least three months ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- World Vision says assessments conducted over the last few days near the towns of Muzaffar Garh and Kot Addo in Punjab paint a bleak picture of the impact of the flooding. The Christian humanitarian organization says its reports from Sukkur in...

2010-05-19 14:12:20

UT professor finds concentrations of viruses and bacteria linked to human feces in community water sources in East Tennessee Do you know what is in your drinking water? A study by a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professor may have you thinking twice the next time you fill up that glass of tap water. Larry McKay, an earth and planetary sciences professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, sampled eight community water supply sources in East Tennessee and found concentrations of viruses...

2010-05-05 08:23:44

Presence or absence of "marine snow" in water samples affects predictions of waterborne disease transmission to humans Researchers have found evidence that "marine snow"--aggregates of organic material floating in water bodies--may act as microscopic, island-like refuges for pathogens, or disease-causing organisms. This detritus may skew water sampling procedures and mathematical models used to predict the transmission of waterborne diseases to humans. The scientists responsible for these...

2010-03-15 13:56:00

An estimated three to four million people "“ about one in every eight Canadians "“drink water from private supplies. Infrequent testing and maintenance puts consumers of these water supplies at greater risk of contamination than public systems, states an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). It goes on to state people need to take personal responsibility for their water quality and governments need to provide better oversight and resources in order to improve the...

2009-12-16 08:27:00

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cavitation Technologies, Inc. (CTI) (OTC Bulletin Board: CVAT; Berlin: WTC) is pleased to announce that the CaviGulation system offers essentially complete disinfection (up 99.999 %) by killing bacteria and viruses. The system is primarily designed for physico-chemical reactions used in water treatment. CaviGulation is a complex process with a multitude of mechanisms operating synergistically to remove pollutants from the water. The...

2009-06-11 13:27:17

State and local governments should consider taking precautions to prevent waterborne illness associated with splash parks, U.S. health officials advise. A report in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report said that splash parks are increasingly popular recreational water venues where waterborne illness outbreaks can occur and therefore local and state officials should consider requiring pre-construction health department consultation, suitable...

2009-03-23 08:02:00

WASHINGTON, March 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- March 22 was World Water Day, an international day of observance that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. The focus of World Water Day this year is Transboundary Waters: Sharing Water, Sharing Opportunities. The Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 makes access to safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene, within the broad context of sound water resources...

Latest Waterborne diseases Reference Libraries

2011-04-28 16:37:36

Vibrio vulnificus is a species of Gram-negative, motile, curved, rod-shaped bacteria of the Vibrio Genus. Hollis et al. first reported it in 1976. It was given the name Beneckea vulnifica by Reichelt et al. in 1976 and in 1979 Vibrio vulnificus by Farmer. V. vulnificus is related to V. cholerae and is present in marine environments such as estuaries, brackish ponds, or coastal areas. It causes an infection often incurred after eating seafood, especially raw or undercooked oysters. It can...

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  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
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