waterborne disease

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A miscellaneous group of communicable diseases transmitted in water that has been contaminated by pathogens of viral, bacterial, protozoan, and helminthic origin. Chemical toxins such as arsenic and heavy metals can also cause water-borne disease. The most important are listed at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/list_waterborne.htm.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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