Presentation: Is it the Water? The nuts and bolts of waterborne illnesses and investigations.
Speakers: Joyce Tuttle, REHS, PHM; Brenda Faw,
REHS, ES; and Kristin Delea, MPH, REHS
Does water really make people sick? Come find out what is
considered a "food" and what is consider "water" in an
illness outbreak situation. Learn what organisms are on the "Most Wanted
List" of waterborne disease outbreaks, how to
conduct an investigation involving a water source, and the resources that are
available to assist in an investigation.
Most people in the United States
think their drinking water is safe. Global warming and drought has put pressure
on one of our most precious commodities, water. With water at a scarcity, the
possibility of unsafe drinking water multiplies at an accelerated rate.
Waterborne illnesses for the most part have been overlooked and most
professionals lack the necessary training to do a thorough investigation.
Attendees will gain knowledge in: when an illness is considered foodborne or
waterborne, what organisms will trigger a waterborne investigation, how to
conduct an investigation on a water source, and the resources available. In
2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States
Environmental Protection Agency partnered to study the safety of drinking water
by creating the Environmental Health Specialist-Network Water Program. One of
the projects initiated by the EHS-Net program was to create tools that will
assist in the identification of risk factors that cause waterborne illness and
disease. These tools will facilitate in an effective waterborne disease outbreak
prevention and intervention program.
when and how to conduct a waterborne investigation.
the difference between a foodborne and waterborne illness outbreaks.
the "most wanted list" of waterborne illness organisms.
to investigate potential water sources and identify factors that could cause an
about the waterborne illness investigation tools and resources available