Asked by: Marylou Ringseis
asked in category: General Last Updated: 24th January, 2020

How do infectious agents get into water?

Numerous infectious agents have been transmitted by ingestion, contact, or inhalation of water (Tables 1 and 2). Most microbial waterborne pathogens of concern originate in the enteric tract of humans or animals and enter the aquatic environment via fecal contamination.

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Simply so, what are the effects of infectious agents in water?

Infectious diseases, like cholera, typhoid fever [6] and other diseases gastroenteritis, diarrhea, vomiting, skin and kidney problem are spreading through polluted water [7]. Human health is affected by the direct damage of plants and animal nutrition.

what diseases can you get from water? Top 10 Causes – Outbreaks in Public Water Systems*

  • Giardia.
  • Legionella.
  • Norovirus.
  • Shigella.
  • Campylobacter.
  • Copper.
  • Salmonella.
  • Hepatitis A.

Just so, how can pathogens be spread by water?

Waterborne diseases are conditions caused by pathogenic micro-organisms that are transmitted in water. Disease can be spread while bathing, washing, drinking water, or by eating food exposed to contaminated water.

What are the causes of water borne diseases?

Waterborne illnesses have two main causes:

  • Pollution e.g. dangerous levels of chemicals, nitrates or heavy metals in the water supply due to industrial pollution or the over-use of agricultural chemicals.
  • Dirt & Contamination - Bacteria, viruses and parasitic organisms invisibly contaminate the water and cause disease.

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