waterborne disease

waterborne disease

Any disease transmitted by consuming or bathing in water. Common disease-causing agents that contaminate water include Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora, some hepatitis viruses, Escherichia coli 0157:H7, and metallic toxins.

Information on waterborne contamination can be obtained from the Environmental Protection Agency's Safe Drinking Water Hotline: www.epa.gov/watrhome, 1-800-426-4791

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The floods now devastating Pakistan are without precedent, and it is ironic, given the history of the area, that it is waterborne disease and the lack of clean drinking water which are likely to kill thousands more than the initial flooding.
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