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|Author(s) :||D.D. Bowman|
In this paper, the author reviews the reasons for the current interest in water-borne transmission of infectious agents in the veterinary curriculum. In addition, the paper provides short summaries of some of the major zoonotic outbreaks that have caused this new interest in water-borne diseases. Some curricular recommendations are made, including: basic training in modern methodologies in microbiology; a brief introduction to water and sewage treatment, with some discussion of pathogens in relation to the basic treatment processes of flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, disinfection, denitrification and phosphorus removal; and an introduction to the regulations being promulgated to reduce the pathogen loading of water on farms.
Campylobacter – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Concentrated animal feeding operation – Cryptosporidium – Curriculum – Drinking water – Escherichia coli O157:H7 – Food and Drug Administration – Giardia – Leptospira – Manure – Outbreaks – Sewage – United States Department of Agriculture – United States Environmental Protection Agency – Zoonoses.