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Current Waterborne Disease Burden Data & Gaps

Much is known about the risk factors for waterborne illness, but the overall occurrence of waterborne illness in the U.S. is unknown. Regulatory and public health agencies and academic researchers have published estimates of the number of illnesses associated with U.S. drinking water systems and marine water venues. These waterborne disease burden estimates provide a foundation for future work to quantify all U.S. waterborne illness, but these current estimates do not include all types of waterborne disease nor waterborne disease from all possible types of water exposures and venues.

Pathogen-specific illness and cost estimates also provide important contributions to understanding the health impact of particular waterborne diseases. Many of these pathogens can also be spread in other ways in addition to water (for example, food, person-to-person). The total disease burden from each pathogen and the proportion due to waterborne transmission will both inform the comprehensive waterborne burden of disease estimate.

The following publications highlight what is currently known about the scope and burden of waterborne illness in the U.S.:

Current Waterborne Disease Burden Estimates

2011

What is not included in the scope of the 2011 marine water burden estimates?

2008

What is not included in the scope of the 2008 drinking water burden estimates?

2006



What is not included in the scope of the 2006 drinking water burden estimates?

Pathogen-specific Illness and Cost Estimates

2012

What is not included in the scope of this 2012 pathogen-specific illness and cost estimate?


What is not included in the scope of this 2012 pathogen-specific illness and cost estimate?

2009

What is not included in the scope of this 2009 pathogen-specific illness estimate?

1997

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