EPA Science Inventory

Health effects of swimming in fecally-contaminated recreational water: Results from studies at nine coastal beaches

Citation:

Wade, Tim. Health effects of swimming in fecally-contaminated recreational water: Results from studies at nine coastal beaches. Presented at University of Virginia Seminar, Blacksburg, VA, April 11, 2014.

Description:

Exposure to fecally-contaminated water has long been known to transmit infectious disease. In 2003, EPA and the CDC initiated studies to better describe the health effects associated with exposure to fecal contamination in recreational waters and to test faster ways of measuring such contamination. Over 50,000 beach-goers at nine beach sites were enrolled and over 3,000 water samples were collected and tested for indicators of fecal contamination. This effort has resulted in the publication of nearly 50 peer-reviewed publications or EPA reports and provided the scientific basis for the EPA’s 2012 revised ambient water quality criteria guidance for pathogens. In this presentation, the key findings of these studies will be presented. This abstract does not reflect EPA policy

Purpose/Objective:

Summary of EPA/CDC Recreational water research

URLs/Downloads:

WADE-VA TECH ABSTRACT.DOCX

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/ABSTRACT)
Completion Date: 05/09/2014
Record Last Revised: 05/09/2014
Record Created: 05/09/2014
Record Released: 05/09/2014
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 275384

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LAB

ENVIRONMENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH DIVISION

EPIDEMIOLOGY BRANCH