Emerging Waterborne Pathogens
blame the food industry for most cases of disintary or other ill effects caused
To understand what I?m trying to say, you must understand a few key
terms. First lets define waterborne pathogen. A waterborne pathogen is a
Now that you know what a waterborne pathogen is lets name a few.
1. Bacteria in the form of,
And E. Coli
and Adenoviruses Type 40 and 41
Each of these possible pathogens has been identified but according to
Waterborne Pathogens,? it is still possible that several unidentified pathogens
may be at large and dangerous.
them we must understand several of the parts that make them up. Some of
these parts are:
Routes of Transmission
Occurrence in Water Sources
Sources of Exposure
and Susceptibility to removal or inactivation by conventional water
Each of these parts is used in today?s world to identify and destroy
existing, and new pathogens.
What happens if someone ingests a pathogen before it is identified?
semi-daily, and consequently overwhelming those who are working to stop
fact that 42 strains have been identified, and yet only one is within our ability
and how to control them.
According to the WRC?s report to the Department of the Enviroment
?The threat which is posed by an organism to contaminate water supplies and
cause outbreaks always exists,? and furthermore they state that ?The threat
which is posed by an organism, in terms of its occurrence and distribution in
water sources and the ability to remove it is often poorly understood and or
admits that there are diseases out there that we have no ability to control is
alarming. Let alone the fact that the food industry is blamed for most of the
problems that occur due to waterborne pathogens.
phenomenon, ?According to data provided by the Environmental Control
Agency, 65% of waterborne pathogens appear in highly populated areas,? so
according to this data most of these pathogens arrive via the water supply to
city areas. This might explain why most ?new? diseases surface in the food
service industry, due to the fact that most restaurants and other food
production facilities are centered in cities.
Now that we know there is a problem what can the food industry do to
keep from spreading the ill feelings, and actual medical problems surrounding
waterborne pathogens? Well first of all we all need to recognize the source of
the problem, and take the appropriate steps to stop it. Supplies of ?cleansed?
water should be on hand. Also if a pathogen has been linked to your place of
business take the recommended steps to identify where the problem is coming
Education never hurt anyone.
In conclusion the food industry is greatly wronged by the general
public when it comes to identifying the causes of certain diseases. The only
way that this problem will ever be resolved is by grater education of the
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