Display Settings:

Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2004 Jun;15(3):175-80.

Emerging waterborne pathogens: can we kill them all?

Author information

  • 1United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water, Office of Science and Technology, Washington, DC 20460, USA.

Abstract

The rapid emergence of Cryptosporidium parvum and Escherichia coli 0157:H7 have created a threat to the drinking water industry and there is a growing need to develop a strategy for recognizing potential emerging waterborne pathogens. Globalization of trade, changing population demographics and changes in treatment technology have been driving factors in the emergence of these new pathogens. An understanding of disinfectant action and microbial resistance to treatment processes is needed to better identify those pathogens likely to be of greatest concern. Recent research on microbial resistance to treatment and disinfection demonstrates that the microbial surface structure and composition and the nature of the genome are key to determining the potential for waterborne transmission of emerging pathogens.

PMID:
15193323
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Icon for Elsevier Science
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk