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American Public Health Champion Receives 2010 Stockholm Water Prize
Date:3/22/2010

for environmental and infectious disease risk assessment used around the world.

"Dr. Rita Colwell's numerous seminal contributions towards solving the world's water and water-related public health problems, particularly her work to prevent the spread of cholera, is of utmost global importance", noted the Stockholm Water Prize Nominating Committee in its citation.

Dr. Colwell has shown that certain bacteria, including the causative agent for cholera, can be present in natural environments in a dormant stage that could revert to an infectious state under the proper conditions. As a result of her work, scientists are now able to link changes in the natural environment to the spread of disease. Dr. Colwell was the first scientist to research the impacts of climate change on the spread of infectious diseases. She has also developed models to track and predict disease outbreaks, using remote sensing technology and satellite models.

Dr. Colwell has held many high-level positions in the USA and internationally, and has greatly influenced the development of science in her own discipline, and broader. She has worked extensively throughout South Asia, Latin America and Africa.'/>"/>

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