Microbiology of Waterborne Diseases

Microbiological Aspects and Risks

Edited by

  • Steven Percival, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, UK
  • Marylynn Yates, Department of Environmental Sciences University of California, Riverside, USA
  • David Williams, Reader in Oral Microbiology, School of Dentistry, Cardiff University, UK
  • Rachel Chalmers, Head of the PHLS Cryptosporidium Unit, U.K.
  • Nicholas Gray, School of Natural Science Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland


  • Steven Percival, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, UK
  • Martha Embrey, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, U.S.A.
  • Paul Hunter, Director, PHLS Chester, Dept of Health Board on Waterborne Diseases, U.K.
  • Rachel Chalmers, Head of the PHLS Cryptosporidium Unit, U.K.
  • Jane Sellwood, Head of the PHLS Water Virology Unit, U.K.
  • Peter Wyn-Jones

This comprehensive text describes the diseases associated with water, their causative agents and the ways in which they gain access to water systems. It also details the methods for detecting and identifying waterborne microorganisms, the ways in which they are removed from water, and the risks they present to water users. This handbook will serve as an indispensable reference for public health microbiologists, water utility scientists, research water pollution microbiologists environmental health officers, consultants in communicable disease control and microbial water pollution students.
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Researchers in infectious disease, microbiology, public health workers, and water and wastewater treatment engineers.


Book information

  • Published: April 2004
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-551570-2


"This multi-author book provides current knowledge on drinking water pathogens...survival in the environment and risk assessment." -CAB Abstracts 2004

Table of Contents

IntroductionRisk assessment and drinking waterBacteriologyAcinetobacterAermonasArcobacterCampylobacterCyanobacteriaE.coliHelicobacter pyloriOther hetrotrophic plate count bacteria (Flavobacterium, Klebsiella, Pseudomonas, Serratia, Staphylococcus)LegionellaThe Mycobacterium avium complexSalmonellaShigellaVibrio choleraeYersinia ProtozoaAcanthamoebaBalantidium coliCryptosporidium Cyclospora cayetanensisCyclospora cayetanensisEntamoeba histolyticaGiardia duodenalisNaelgeriaToxoplasma VirusesCommon ThemesThe survival and persistence of viruses in waterMethods for the detection of waterborne virusesAdenovirusAstrovirus Enterovirus (poliovirus, coxsackievirus, echovirus)Hepatitis A Virus (HAV)Hepatitis E virus (HEV)Norovirus and SapovirusRotavirus HelminthsDraunculiasis FutureEmerging waterborne infectious diseases