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  • Drinking Water Fact Sheet: Diarrheal Illness

    A wide variety of waterborne viruses, bacteria, and parasites can cause acute diarrhea. These include Cryptosporidia, Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter jejuni, rotavirus, E. coli O157:H7 and other pathogenic E. coli species, Giardia, and the caliciviruses (i.e., Norwalk and Norwalk-like viruses). Read more »

  • Drinking Water Fact Sheet: Cancer

    In the United States, cancer is the second leading cause of death, exceeded only by heart disease. According to recent National Cancer Institute statistics, the incidence of many cancers, including breast, testicular, urinary bladder, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, has increased in recent decades. As described in this document, some neoplastic diseases have been linked to drinking water contaminants. Read more »

  • Drinking Water Fact Sheet: Atrazine

    Atrazine is the most widely used pesticide in U.S. agriculture and is the predominant member of the triazine herbicide family. Although EPA restricts use to certified applicators, atrazine is used extensively in the Midwest, as well as in the Appalachian region, New England, and the Coastal Plains. Some 80 million pounds of atrazine are applied annually, primarily to corn, sorghum, and other crops. It is also registered for use on lawns and golf courses. Read more »

  • Drinking Water and Disease

    What health care providers should know. Read more »

  • Environmental Chemicals and Estrogens

    In the 1980’s, an unusually high incidence of cancers was observed in the upper Cape Cod region of Massachusetts. Possible environmental risk factors were identified including proximity to the Massachusetts Military Reservation Read more »

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