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Drinking Water

(a) Drinking water means water that meets 4 0 CFR Part 141, National Primary Drinking Water Regulations. (b) Drinking water is traditionally known as potable water. (c) Drinking water includes the term water except where the term used connotes the water is not potable, such as boiler water, mop water, rainwater, wastewater, and nondrinking water.

Safe Water Supply

Since cholera is primarily a waterborne disease, access to safe water for drinking and domestic use would greatly reduce the incidence of the disease. Supplying safe water to a particular community involves multiple disciplines including health planners, economists, public health engineers, geologists, bacteriologists, and the government. A coordinated effort will be required to design a suitable water supply system for a particular community depending on its physiographic, sociodemographic, and climatic conditions this could be an expensive undertaking, and economic factors must be considered, particularly in the developing countries where resources may be limited. Various types of water supply systems have been described that can be considered for countries with limited resources (88,89). In urban areas, providing piped chlorinated water for drinking purposes could be an effective means to reduce transmission of cholera. In periurban and rural areas, tube wells or protected dug...

Water Contamination

Water becomes contaminated in different ways. Much of the pollution in our lakes and streams comes from the dumping of toxic industrial wastes and from runoff over polluted land. Other sources include the spraying of pesticides, the exhaust and other emissions of aircraft and ships, and airborne pollutants originating with the combustion of fossil fuels. Ground-water supplies become polluted from pesticides and wastes trickling through the soil, from septic tanks, and from garden and farm fertilizers. Even deep wells, which seldom became polluted in the past, are increasingly becoming contaminated with unacceptably high levels of nitrates and other substances that harm the health of water-dependent humans and animals. Blue-baby syndrome is one example of the effects of high nitrate levels in drinking water. In response to the problem, many communities are improving their water treatment plants, and many families are installing water filtration systems in their homes. Long-range goals...

Utility of the Concept

Ecosystems are also viewed as systems that provide the services necessary to sustain life on earth. Most people either take these services for granted or do not realize that such natural processes exist. Ecosystem research has identified seventeen naturally occurring services, including water purification, regulation, and supply, as well as atmospheric gas regulation and pollination. A 1997 article by

Effects of Excess Nutrients

Although nutrient enrichment can have detrimental effects on a water system, an increased supply of nitrogen and phosphorus can have an initial positive effect on water productivity. Much like adding fertilizer to a lawn, increases in nutrients in a lake, river, or ocean cause it to be more productive by stimulating plant and animal growth in the entire food chain. Phytoplankton microscopic algae that grow on the surface of sunlit waters take up nutrients directly and are able to proliferate. Through photosynthesis, these primary producers synthesize organic molecules that are used by other members of the ecosystem. Increased algal Excessive algal and plant growth has other negative effects on a water system. Algae and plants at the surface block out sunlight to plants and animals at the lower depths. Loss of aquatic plants can affect fish-spawning areas and encourage soil erosion from shores and banks. Eutrophication often leads to loss of diversity in a water system, as high...

Assessing Eutrophication

While eutrophication effects are generally caused by nutrient enrichment of a water system, not all cases of nutrient accumulation lead to increased productivity. Overall productivity is based on other factors in the water system, such as grazing pressure on phytoplankton, the presence of other chemicals or pollutants, and the physical features of a body of water. Eutrophication occurs mainly in enclosed areas such as estuaries, bays, lakes, and ponds, where water exchange and mixing are limited. Rivers and coastal areas with abundant flushing generally show less phytoplankton growth from nutrient enrichment because their waters run faster and mix more frequently. On the other hand, activities that stir up nutrient-rich sediments from the bottom, such as development along coastal waters, recreational activities, dredging, and storms, can worsen eutrophication processes. The nutrient status of a lake or water system is often used as a measure of the extent of eutrophi-cation. For...

How to Design a Meaningful Experimental Human Cell or Gene Therapeutic Neurosurgical Study

9 In the case of gene therapy one can stop gene expression when the Tet-Off and Tet-On expression systems (Baron and Bujard 2000) are applied in the recombinant transgene. The expression of a putative therapeutic transgene will then be dependent on the activity of the inducible transcriptional activator doxycycline. In Tet-Off, doxycycline in the drinking water will block expression, in the Tet-On system expression will be on in the presence of this tetracycline derivative, and blocked when it is left out the drinking water.

Degradation and fragmentation of ecosystems

Deterioration and loss of aquatic systems is of great concern worldwide, mainly as the quality of human life also deteriorates. Insects have been particularly hard hit from these adverse changes. Many insect species have suffered geographic range retraction and even extinction as water systems have deteriorated. In fact, changes in insect diversity are often one of the first signs of water quality deterioration.

Hygiene and Sanitation

Hygiene and sanitation have had a profound effect on the incidence of enteric infections, both viral and bacterial. Viruses that infect the intestinal tract are shed in feces, and in many human communities recycling of feces back into the mouth following fecal contamination of food or water is common. A more voluminous and more fluid output (diarrhea) increases the environmental contamination. Hands contaminated at the time of defecation and inadequately washed may transfer viruses directly or indirectly to food, which is a particular problem if it occurs among those responsible for the preparation of meals to be eaten by others, in many densely populated parts of the world there are no reticulated sewerage systems, and sewage may seep into wells, streams, or other drinking water supplies, particularly after heavy rains. Explosive outbreaks of hepatitis E, poliomyelitis, or gastroenteritis occur from time to time even in sewered areas when sewerage mains burst or overflow to...

Disruption of GProtein Signaling Causes Disease

T Biochemical studies of signal transductions have led to an improved understanding of the pathological effects of toxins produced by the bacteria that cause cholera and pertussis (whooping cough). Both toxins are enzymes that interfere with normal signal transductions in the host animal. Cholera toxin, secreted by Vibrio cholerae found in contaminated drinking water, catalyzes the transfer of ADP-ribose from NAD+ to the a subunit of Gs (Fig. 12-39), blocking its GTPase activity and thereby rendering Gs permanently activated. This results in continuous activation of the adenylyl cyclase of intestinal epithelial cells and chronically high cAMP , which triggers constant secretion of Cl , HCO3 , and water into the intestinal lumen. The resulting dehydration and electrolyte loss are the major pathologies in cholera. The pertussis toxin, produced by Bordetella 'pertussis, catalyzes ADP-ribosylation of Gi, preventing displacement of GDP by GTP and blocking inhibition of adenylyl cyclase by...

Control Measures

One technique currently being evaluated is competitive exclusion, a method that uses defined bacterial flora to compete with salmonellae for colonization of the ceca and other tissues. Several competitive exclusion products including the commercial BROILACT (36) have been evaluated using newly hatched chicks (36-39). The competitive exclusion cultures are administered to chicks using crop gavage, whole body spray, inclusion in drinking water, or encapsulation in alginate beads in feed, and chicks are then evaluated for colonization at various time points after exposure to salmonellae. Results of several studies indicate that competitive exclusion protects chicks from cecal colonization and deep tissue invasion by several S. enterica serotypes, including Enteritidis and Typhimurium (36,37). This technique even provided protection against deep tissue invasion by En-teritidis phage type 4 (36).

Factors Influencing Incidence

The distribution and prevalence of typhoid fever can be directly associated with population density and the availability of modern sanitary methods for sewage treatment and water purification. Economic and military disruptions of modern sanitation facilities can quickly reverse a reduced incidence of enteric fever.

Waterborne Outbreaks

In highly endemic developing countries, various factors, including poor personal hygiene, poor sanitation, improper disposal of sewage, and lack of modern, clean water systems, lead to an increased rate of contamination of existing local water sources with the causative organisms. In these regions, water represents the major vehicle of typhoid transmission. Sewage-contaminated rivers, streams, and ponds serve as direct and indirect infection sources e.g., S. Typhi has been isolated from vegetables grown in fields irrigated by sewage-contaminated water (35) . In Baramullah in the Kashmir Valley, 230 cases of typhoid fever occurred during an outbreak, apparently caused by ingestion of contaminated water (36). Consumption of unboiled water during a 1997 typhoid outbreak in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, caused 2200 cases of illness and 95 deaths (37).

Lan Hu and Dennis J Kopecko

Campylobacter is a leading bacterial cause of diarrhea in humans in all parts of the world. In the United States Campylobacter cause approximately 2.5 million illnesses per year (or 12.4 of all defined foodborne illnesses) and are responsible for 124 deaths each year. About 80 of Campylobacter illnesses are thought to be foodborne (Mead et al., 1999). In developing countries, infection is hyperendemic among young children

Chemical and physical defences against herbivory and fouling

The incidence of herbivory in Arctic as well as Antarctic shallow water systems is low but several organisms depend fully or in part on seaweeds as a food source in the Antarctic (Brand 1974 Richardson 1977 Iken et al. 1997, 1999 Iken 1999 Dunton 2001 Graeve et al. 2001) and the

Problems answers in Appendix 1

Table 8.3 contains a set of data on the microbiological quality of bottled drinking water. In this study, the number of bacterial colony-forming units per millilitre of bottled water was measured for 120 different water samples. Table 8.3 Microbiological quality of drinking water Table 8.3 Microbiological quality of drinking water

Source and Types of Pollution

There are at least three essential roles of ground-water providing drinking water, irrigating farmland, and replenishing rivers, streams, and wetlands. About one third of the world population relies almost exclusively on groundwater for drinking. Groundwater provides irrigation for some of the world's most productive farmland. Over 50 percent

Maintenance Equipment and Supplies

5-6 WATER SUPPLY AND SEWAGE DISPOSAL 5-6.1 POTABLE WATER SYSTEM 5-6.2 STEAM 5-6.3 SEWAGE 5-6.4 EQUIPMENT CONNECTIONS 5-6.1 Potable Water System d. Plumbing, fixtures and equipment must be installed to preclude backflow into the potable water supply system (e.g., faucets on which hoses are attached must have a backflow prevention device). Other outlets must be protected by an air gap twice the effective opening of the potable water outlet diameter, unless the outlet is a distance less than three times the effective opening away from a wall or similar vertical surface, in which case the air gap must be three times the effective opening of the outlet. In no case will the air gap be less than one inch.

Effects of Inulin Type Fructans on the Risk of Irritable Bowel Diseases IBD

In antibiotic-compromised mice (C57BL 6NHsd) fed a low-fiber diet, oligofructose (30 g l in drinking water) has been shown to positively modulate the large intestinal inflammatory response caused by Clostrid-ium difficile infection by improving a series of immune parameters essentially in the cecum where the majority of C. difficile induced lesions are located. Indeed, and as compared to the mice treated with the antibiotic alone, oligofructose prevented the raise in the number of dendritic and CD T cells as well as in the concentration of prostaglandin E2, while increasing the number of macrophages in the cecum. At the same time it increased the concentrations of total anaerobes and prevented the raise in fecal toxin A excretion.71 2. In the hamster model of C. difficile colitis, the most significant effect of oligofructose (30 g l in drinking water or 2.5 g kg bw) was an increase in median survival time.204 3. In the rat model of distal colitis induced by oral administration of...

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons PAHs

PAHs constitute a broad class of compounds containing from 2 to 7 aromatic rings with different numbers of alkyl substituents. They are present in fossil fuels and can be formed by combustion processes or from early diagenesis of organic matter, as will be described in more detail in Sect. 3.2. Hydrophobic-ity increases with the number of aromatic rings, and those containing more than three rings are typically found sorbed onto the organic matter of suspended particles or black carbon (e.g., soot). Recent studies have shown that sorption of PAHs in soot-water systems is exceptionally strong, and it could control their fate in the aquatic environment 14 . Both the atmospheric and aquatic pathways to the marine environment are important, although information on riverine inputs is very limited.

Promoting an Optimal Response to Therapy

The symptoms of diabetes insipidus include the voiding of a large volume of urine at frequent intervals during the day and throughout the night. Accompanied by frequent urination is the need to drink large volumes of fluid because these patients are continually thirsty. Patients must be supplied with large amounts of drinking water. The nurse is careful to refill the water container at frequent intervals. This is especially important when the patient has limited ambulatory activities. Until controlled by a drug, the symptoms of frequent urination and excessive thirst may cause a great deal of anxiety. The nurse reassures the patient that with the proper drug therapy, these symptoms will most likely be reduced or eliminated.

Legionellae A Facultative Intracellular Pathogen of Free Living Amoebae

Legionella pneumophila is a Gram-negative facultative intracellular bacillus, responsible for Legionnaire's disease. It replicates within evolutionary-distant eukaryotic host cells such as protozoa and mammalian macrophages (Fig.11.1). In aquatic environments, L. pneumophila is ubiquitous and grows within protozoan hosts. At least 14 species of amoebae and 2 species of ciliated protozoa have been shown to support intracellular replication of L. pneumophila (Shadrach et al., 2005 Fields, 1996). Among the most predominant amoebae in water sources are Hartmannellae and Acanthamoebae, which have been also isolated from water sources associated with Legionnaires' disease outbreaks (Fields, 1996). Interaction between L. pneumophila and protozoa is considered to be central to the pathogenesis and ecology of L. pneumophila (Molmeret et al., 2005 Harb et al., 2000 Rowbotham, 1986). In humans, L. pneumophila reaches the lungs after inhalation of contaminated aerosol droplets (Fields, 1996...

Iiiecology And Foodstuffs

Plesiomonas is an ubiquitous microorganism and can be isolated from freshwater (rivers, streams, ponds, lakes, etc.) and estuarine water from cold-blooded animals, such as freshwater fish, shellfish, snakes, and toads and from warm-blooded animals, such as goats, swine, cats, dogs, and monkeys (2-6). Plesiomonas may also be present in unsanitary water, including that used as drinking water, and in recreational water, aquarium water, and tropical fish tanks. Freshwater fish and shellfish, including oysters, have been implicated in P. shigelloides food poisoning. However, the most common route of transmission of the pathogen in sporadic or epidemic cases is by ingestion of contaminated water, raw fish, and shellfish (7-12).

Dracunculus medinensis Medina or Guinea Worm

Male Dracunculus medinensis worms are 1-4cm long, the females measure 50-100cm in body length. Humans contract the disease by ingesting drinking water contaminated with intermediate hosts ( water fleas fresh water crustacea, Cyclops) containing infective Dracunculus larvae. From the intestine the parasites migrate through the body, females and males mate in the connective tissue, and after approximately 10-12 months p.i. mature females eventually move to the surface of the skin of the legs and feet in 90 of the cases. There, the female provokes an edema, a blister, and then an ulcer. Skin perforation is accompanied by pain, fever, and nausea secondary bacterial infections occur in approx. 30 of cases. When the wound contacts water, the female extends the anterior end out of it and releases numerous larvae. The larvae are ingested by intermediate hosts and develop into infective stages. The WHO has been running a control program since the early 1980s based mainly on education of the...

Life Cycle of L pneumophila

Life Cycle Legionella Pneumophila

Life cycle of L. pneumophila. (1) Transmissive L. pneumophila engulfed by phagocytic cells reside in vacuoles and avoid lysosomal degradation. (2) Under favorable conditions, transmissive bacteria begin to replicate. (3) When nutrients are depleted, replicating bacteria stop dividing and begin to express transmission traits. (4) Microbes may develop into a more resilient and infectious mature intracellular form (MIF). (5) The host cell is lysed and transmissive microbes are released into the environment. (6) L. pneumophila that do not encounter a new host cell probably establish biofilms in water systems and ponds. (7) When microbes encounter a host cell, the cycle begins anew. (8) L. pneumophila cultured in broth to either exponential or stationary phase exhibit many of the traits of the replicative and transmissive forms, respectively. Modified from Molofsky AB and Swanson MS (2004) Mol Microbiol 53(1) 29-40. Figure 6.1. Life cycle of L. pneumophila. (1) Transmissive L....

Cyclospora cayetanensis

Cryptosporidium Parvum Carbol Fuchsin

Infection per os with sporulated oocysts in food or drinking water. Developmental stages in duodenal and jejunal enterocysts, probably two generations of schizonts following gamogony formation of spherical oocysts 8-10 im in size. Prepatency about one week oocysts are shed unsporulated in feces, then sporulate outside of host within five to 12 days to become infective. The sporulated oocysts contain two sporocysts with two sporozoites each (Fig. 9.11j, p. 504).

Intracellular and Extracellular Fluids Are Normally in Osmotic Equilibrium

In Figure 24.2B, 2.0 L of pure water were added to the ECF (e.g., by drinking water). Plasma osmolality is lowered, and water moves into the cell compartment along the osmotic gradient. The entry of water into the cells causes them to swell, and intracellular osmolality falls until a new equilibrium (solid lines) is achieved. Since 2 L of water were

Tauxe Campylobacter Jejuni Current Status And Future Trends.

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Both marine and terrestrial vertebrates must conserve water

Tubular Capillary

Amphibians living in very dry terrestrial environments have reduced the permeability of their skin to water. Some secrete a waxy substance that they spread over the skin to waterproof it. Several species of frogs that live in arid regions of Australia burrow deep into the ground and remain there during long dry periods. They enter estivation, a state of very low metabolic activity and therefore low water turnover. When it rains, the frogs come out of estivation, feed, and reproduce. Their most interesting adaptation is an enormous urinary bladder. Before entering estivation, they fill the bladder with dilute urine, which can amount to one-third of their body weight. This dilute urine serves as a water reservoir that is gradually resorbed into the blood during the long period of estivation. Australian aboriginal peoples dig up esti-vating frogs as an emergency source of drinking water.

Antibacterial activity

Naidu and co-workers (1990 1991) have identified specific LF-binding proteins in Staphylococcus aureus isolated from human and animal infections as well as among various species of coagulase-negative staphylococci causing bovine mastitis. Apo-bLF at concentrations of 0.1 -0.4 could convert compact colonies of Staphylococcus haemolyticus transient to diffused in soft agar (Godo et al., 1997). This surface-active property of LF has prevented autoaggregation of cocci in compact ball-like colonies by hydrophobic interaction or trypsin-sensitive proteins. In vivo anti-staphylococcal activity of hLF, bLF and bLF hydrolysate was reported in an experimental mouse model (Bhimani et al., 1999). All the LF preparations demonstrated weak in vitro antibacterial activity while holo-LFs showed no activity. LF-treated mice (1 mg, i.v.) when injected with 106 staphylococci, showed 30-50 reduction in kidney infections, and viable bacterial counts in the kidney decreased 5- to 12-fold. The inhibitory...

Association with Biofilms

Interaction of legionellae and protozoa is impacted by other microorganisms that comprise biofilms in building water systems. Legionellae are known to colonize these biofilms and can persist within these microbial communities for years. They are more easily detected from swab samples of biofilm than from flowing water, suggesting that the majority of the legionellae are biofilm associated (Rogers et al. 1994). A limited number of studies have attempted to characterize the bacteria's interaction within these complex ecosystems. These studies have evaluated the effect of temperature and surface materials on the growth of L. pneumophila as well as the effect of biocides on sessile legionellae. The type of material used in the construction of plumbing systems has been shown to impact the ability of L. pneumophila to colonize these surfaces. L. pneumophila appears to be more abundant on elastomeric surfaces than copper or stainless steel (Rogers et al. 1994 Van der Kooij et al. 2005)....

The Center For Human Reproduction

Embryology Andrology

Includes laminar-flow hood stereo microscopes stage warmers centrifuges, large and small computers and printer incubators (tabletop model, water-jacketed CO2, and high-effieciency partic-ulate air HEPA -filtered C02) water purification system waterline pressure pump and tank dry heat ovens. Lab Storage. If an adequate water purification system is not centrally installed, there will be a need to store quantities of ultra-pure water, which is delivered in large bottles. There are also many chemicals that need to be stored to support the lab functions.

Emerging infectious diseases the publics view of the problem and what should be expected from the public health

The Burden Infectious Diseases 2016

In 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a series of reports describing ten great public health achievements in the United States during the 20th century 2 . The topics were chosen based on their impact on reducing death, illness, and disability in the United States, and include advances such as vaccinations, improved maternal and child health, safer and healthier food, fluoridation of drinking water, and safer workplaces. Also among this list is control of infectious diseases, resulting from improvements in sanitation, access to clean water, and the development and use of effective vaccines and antibiotics. So dramatic were these advancements that by the middle of the 20th century infectious diseases were no longer viewed as major public health threats in the United States and in many other developed countries. This false sense of security was short lived, however, as newly recognized and reemerging diseases continued to appear, many of which produced...

In Vivo Models to Study the Fermentation of Carbohydrates by the Colonic Microflora

In experimental animals, especially rats, the carbohydrate under investigation is added to food (5, 10, or even 15 w w) or drinking water (5 to 10 w v, depending on water solubility), but it can also be administered by gastric intubation. Animals are then anaesthetized and sacrificed at predetermined time intervals. Fecal samples and the content of the gastrointestinal tract (including the cecum and the various segments of the colon) are collected for pH measurement and analysis of SCFAs, lactate, eventually succinate, and residual carbohydrate. A particularly interesting model to study carbohydrate fermentation in experimental animals is the heteroxenic rat bearing human fecal flora. In that model, axenic or germ-free rats born in a sterile environment in an anaerobic chamber, known as the Freter's chamber, are subsequently inoculated per os twice consecutively with 1 ml of a suspension (1 w v) of a homogenized fresh sample of human feces collected anaerobically from an healthy...

Crohns Disease A Failure of Mucosal Immunoregulation

Crohn Disease Progression Model

Antigen specific regulatory T cells. The transfer of CD45RBhigh T cells into a C.B17 SCID mouse leads to a Th1 T-cell driven colitis that is dependent on the presence of luminal antigen. Cotransfer of regulatory T cell clones (Tr1) expressing a transgenic T-cell receptor specific to ovalbumin are able to suppress the CD45RBhigh colitis by secreting IL-10 and TGF- . However, this regulatory effect will only occur in mice that are fed ovalbumin in their drinking water. Figure 4. Antigen specific regulatory T cells. The transfer of CD45RBhigh T cells into a C.B17 SCID mouse leads to a Th1 T-cell driven colitis that is dependent on the presence of luminal antigen. Cotransfer of regulatory T cell clones (Tr1) expressing a transgenic T-cell receptor specific to ovalbumin are able to suppress the CD45RBhigh colitis by secreting IL-10 and TGF- . However, this regulatory effect will only occur in mice that are fed ovalbumin in their drinking water.

Water Balance In Vertebrates

Drinking water is limited by the environment. Areas such as deserts, which have little rainfall, have little potable groundwater available even plants have to develop some means of conserving the little water their roots can find or the dew that settles on exposed surfaces during the cool desert night. With no surface water and few plants as sources of water, some desert mammals, such as the kangaroo rat, get most of their water from metabolism. They often do not drink even when a supply of water is nearby.


The authors would like to thank everyone involved with producing this book including staff at the Department of Computer Science and Centre for Water Systems at the University of Exeter, in particular Godfrey Walters, Dragan Savic and Soon-Thiam Khu. In addition to this, we would like to thank Bjorn Olsson for his contribution to the tutorials on which this book is based, and Laetitia Jourdan for her helpful comments. Also, we would like to thank the many MSc students on the Bioinformatics programme at the University of Exeter, who contributed towards some of the material for this book. Finally we would also like to thank the editorial and production staff at Wiley, in particular Joan Marsh, Andrea Baier and Robert Hambrook for making this book possible.


In developing countries, contaminated water is a principal vehicle for transmission of E. coli infection, either by direct ingestion or through contaminated foods that have been irrigated, washed, or prepared with contaminated water. This is less common in developed countries with higher standards of general hygiene. However, drinking water contaminated by sewage or animal waste has been implicated in outbreaks, and in one case water in a paddling pool was suspected as the means of spreading infection from an index case to other children. As food and person-to-person contact are concurrent alternative sources of exposure, the role of water may be difficult to prove. The EHEC strain most commonly found in the United States and in other developed countries is O157 H7. Other EHEC serotypes, including O26 H11 and O111 H8, have also been found in these countries (Griffin, 1995). Infection and most illness related to EHEC O157 H7 has been associated with eating undercooked, contaminated...


Although some may feed at night, giraffes are classified as herbivorous diurnal eaters. They are browsers, and competition for food is greatly reduced because of the height at which they feed. The male feeds at greater heights, with his head stretched upward, whereas the female feeds at lower heights, often bending her head and neck to reach the leaves. Giraffes feed mainly on the highly nutritious leaves, fruit, and flowers of acacia trees. Their long, dexterous tongues strip leaves from the acacia twigs. Giraffes often consume soil and bones to balance the phosphorus and calcium in their blood. When feeding on sprouted vegetation and when drinking water, giraffes splay their front legs and bend their knees. In such a position, they are vulnerable to predators, especially lions. Giraffes can go without water for days.

Man Made Environments

Building water systems known to transmit legionellae via aerosol. Legionellae are common in many building water systems and only rarely cause disease. Prospective studies have found as many as 60 of buildings are colonized by these bacteria. A survey conducted in the UK found 60 of large buildings and 44 of cooling towers contained legionellae (Lee and West 1991). A study of buildings in San Francisco demonstrated that Legionella colonized 60 of hot water systems of 53 buildings tested over a two-year period (Flannery et al. 2006). Despite efforts to detect cases during the two-year study period, no case of Legionnaires' disease were identified. Increased prevalence of Legionella colonization was associated with water heater temperatures below 50 C, buildings taller than 10 stories, and interruptions in water service. Approximately 30 of these buildings were consistently colonized over the two-year period. In most cases one or two strains or species of Legionella colonized...

Hepatitis E Viruses

HEV causes repeated outbreaks of considerable dimensions in the parts of the world mentioned above. The infections can be traced to contaminated drinking water. Hepatitis E is imported to central Europe as a traveler's infection, although apparently less frequently than hepatitis A. No specific prophylactic measures exist.


As a constituent of selenoproteins, selenium has several vital structural and enzymatic roles. Increased intake of selenium-enriched food has been shown to yield direct, inverse, or null associations with cancer risk 156,157 . Attempts have been made to correlate serum selenium levels with overall survival in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma 158 , PC 159 , and poor outcome in lung adenocarcinoma 160 . The most important selenium-containing organic compounds are selenomethionine (present in plants) and selenocysteine (present in animal proteins). A coupled capillary electrophoresis-inductively coupled mass spectrometry technique was developed for the speciation of two selenium species. The limits of detection for the two species studied in drinking water were 24 and 10 pg, respectively 161 . The predominant selenium species in both garlic (296 mg (g Se)) and yeast (1922 mg (g Se)) were 7-glutamyl-methylselenocysteine and selenomethionine. In rats, selenium from garlic was significantly more...


Physiology many life-forms have a special inactive state in which survival is enhanced. The tetanus organism in its spore state can survive drying, boiling for 5 minutes, and exposure to antibiotics in its vegetative state, it is susceptible to many antibiotics and even oxygen. The amoebic cyst has been revived after drying for 40 years and is not harmed by ordinary chlorination of drinking water or application of any known medications in its active trophozooite form, it is destroyed by numerous amoebecidal drugs. Plants and trees become dormant in wintertime and can be pruned, grafted, or transplanted safely they are unlikely to survive the same treatment during the active growing period of springtime. The African lung fish (Protopterus) can survive for several years out of water in a state of suspended animation called estivation or summer torpidity. The ground squirrel hibernates to survive winter freezing and food shortages, decreasing heart rate from 300 to l0 per minute and...


Outbreaks of infection with Y. pseudotuberculosis in humans are uncommon, although they have been documented in a variety of domesticated or caged animals, including horses, goats, deer, and monkeys. In two well-documented outbreaks of Y. pseudotuberculosis infection of humans, no source was identified (94,95). In some outbreaks, untreated drinking water contaminated with the feces of wild animals was incriminated (72).


Although Aeromonas has been isolated from different types of foods and drinking water, only a few instances have directly linked Aeromonas spp. to foodborne diseases. Seafoods, predominantly implicated in these outbreaks, have been consumed either raw or after inadequate heating. In Sweden recently, a group of 22 (81.5 ) individuals experienced severe acute diarrhea, abdominal pains, fever, and vomiting 20-34 hours after consuming landgang, a typical Swedish food containing shrimp with mayonnaise, liver pate, ham, sausage, and legume salad. Of the remaining five healthy persons, who the next day consumed the leftover food, two became ill with similar symptoms. More than 10 million A. hydrophila organisms per gram of food were found in the leftover shrimp with mayonnaise, liver pate, smoked sausage, and boiled ham. The isolated A. hydrophila, which produced P-hemolysin, cytotoxin, cytotonic toxin, and enterotoxin, could also adhere to and invade human intestinal tissue culture cells...

Selected Literature

Markell, E. K., John, D. T., and Krotoski, W. A. 1999. Markell and Voge's medical parasitology. 8th ed. Philadelphia Saunders. Mayhill, C. G. (ed.). 1999. Hospital epidemiology and infection control. Baltimore Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. McFeters, G. A. (ed.). 1990. Drinking water microbiology Progress and recent developments. New York Springer Verlag. The Medical Letter handbook of antimicrobial therapy. 2000. Rochelle, NY The Medical Letter, Inc. Mims, C. 2001. The pathogenesis of infectious disease. 5th ed. New York Academic Press. Walker, J. T., Hunter, P. R., and Percival, S. L. 2000. Microbiological aspects of biofilms and drinking water. Boca Raton, FL CRC Press.

Granulosus Cyst

Granulosus Cyst

Humans are infected by peroral ingestion of Echinococcus eggs, either during direct contact with tapeworm carriers or indirectly by uptake of contaminated food or drinking water. Echinococcus eggs remain viable for months in a moist environment and can also survive the winter. They are killed rapidly by desiccation. They can also be killed by heat (75-100 C) within a few minutes and by deep-freezing at -70 or -80 C for four or two days, respectively. Standard chemical disinfectants have no effect.

Trichuris Trichiura

Microbiology Ascris Egg

Reservoir hosts of the parasite are humans. The excreted eggs remain viable for years in a moist environment (soil), but are sensitive to desiccation. Infective Ascaris eggs can be ingested by humans with contaminated foods, soil (geophagia in children ) and, less frequently, in drinking water. In endemic areas, the prevalence and intensity of A. lumbricoides infections are highest in children.

Heat Shock Response

One of the earliest stress responses studied in detail in L. pneumophila was the heat shock response which is common to all living organisms. Interest in heat shock proteins (HSPs) was initially driven by the finding of L. pneumophila in hot water systems, hot water tanks, and industrial boilers. In E. coli, the heat shock response is controlled by the heat shock sigma factor RpoH or ct32. Following heat shock, RpoH is activated and binds to promoter regions of genes containing heat shock promoter sequences, initiating the synthesis of some 20 or more proteins that have been named HSP. These include Hsp60 (GroEL) and Hsp70 (DnaK) which provide key chaperone functions (also called chaperonins) by binding to denatured proteins and facilitating their renaturation or decomposition. Under non-stressful growth conditions, GroEL and DnaK as well as most of the other HSPs are produced in very low, almost non-detectible levels in E. coli. In most bacteria, the expression of heat shock proteins...

Pollution Effects

Pollutants in soil, water, and atmosphere have created enormous problems for the living world. Destroyed habitats and polluted food sources and drinking water for animals have caused deformations in animal growth, development, and reproduction, as well as a shortening of life span, all of which contribute to an accelerated decrease in biodiversity and the extinction of more species. Realization of the severity of pollution is the first step toward seeking a long-term remedy. During the last decade of the twentieth century, the environmental problems predicted by environmental scientists decades previously began to be aggravated in a variety of ways. These included population explosion, food imbalances, inflation brought about by energy resource scarcity, acid rain, toxic and hazardous wastes, water shortages, major soil erosion, a punctuated ozone layer, and greenhouse effects. The list goes on. As a result of pollution, decreases in biodiversity and the extinction of both plant and...

Teeth And Gum Care

Fluoride plays a key role in ensuring strong enamel composition as well as providing an antibacterial effect to deter the development of dental caries. The fluoride content of drinking water varies from town to town it is therefore recommended that parents contact their local town office for specific fluoride levels before considering fluoride supplementation. Excessive ingestion of fluoride results in mottled enamel (chronic endemic dental fluorosis). Toothpaste should not be used in children less than 2 years of age, and then only in the size of a pea. Fluoride supplementation should be administered ideally at bedtime. Table 12-1 lists the schedule for fluoride supplementation as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.'

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