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Scientists seek to assess the microbial risks in the water we drink
Date:12/11/2007

use of the best techniques for evaluating the problems of public health and ambient water.

  • The general public needs to know basic information about their source and treatment of drinking water, the need for future treatment upgrades and infrastructure enhancements, and the fundamentals of microbial risk.

  • Additional research is needed to validate numerical guidelines, such as the EPAs microbial water guidance of one illness per 10,000 individuals in a given year. Numerical guidelines are useful, but may not be suitable for all water exposures.

  • Microbial risk assessment needs to broaden the use of available epidemiologic data. Studies are needed to integrate outbreak data to better estimate microbial infectivity under real-world conditions.


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Contact: Peggy McNult
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202-942-9225
American Society for Microbiology
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