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Waterborne and Foodborne Diseases 

Waterborne and Foodborne Diseases
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Waterborne and Foodborne Diseases
Author(s):

Joan B. Rose

and Felicia Wu

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190202453.003.0008
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date: 18 January 2019

Climate change influences the occurrence of waterborne and foodborne disease. Excess rainfall due to climate change can pose a risk to water quality, transporting human or animal wastes into drinking water sources. Climate factors have been associated with bacteria, such as pathogenic E. coli; parasites, such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia; and viruses, such as hepatitis A virus. Communities need an integrated water resource management approach to ensure that they have adequate wastewater and stormwater infrastructure to deal with more intense precipitation extremes expected to accompany climate change. This chapter also contains textboxes on climate change and access to safe water in urban areas in sub-Saharan Africa, storm events and deteriorating urban infrastructure, and collaborative research on climate change and gastrointestinal illness in India.

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