Journal article

Investigating public health impacts of deer in a protected drinking water supply watershed

K Cinque, MA Stevens, SR Haydon, AR Jex, RB Gasser, BE Campbell

WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY | IWA PUBLISHING | Published : 2008

Abstract

The World Health Organisation's (WHO) Water Safety Plans highlight the need for preventative risk management when managing water contamination risks. As part of this approach, a management framework incorporating multiple barriers is necessary and there is a need to validate those barriers through scientific evidence. This paper reports on a study undertaken to validate the effectiveness, in terms of pathogen numbers, of having protected watersheds. The study aimed to determine if the deer population in a protected watershed carried Cryptosporidium and whether or not it was human infectious. Deer faecal samples were collected from the protected watersheds over a 12 month period and analysed ..

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