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This fully updated third edition of this classic text, widely cited as the most important and useful book for health engineering and disease prevention, describes infectious diseases in tropical and developing countries, and the measures that may be used effectively against them.
The infections described include the diarrhoeal diseases, the common gut worms, guinea worm, schistosomiasis, malaria, bancroftian filariasis and other mosquito borne infections. The environmental interventions that receive most attention are domestic water supplies and improved excreta disposal. Appropriate technology for these interventions, and also their impact on infectious diseases are documented in detail.
This third edition includes new sections on arsenic in groundwater supplies and arsenic removal technologies and new material in most chapters including water supplies in developing countries and surface water drainage.
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Sandy Cairncross is Professor of Environmental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has worked as a water and sanitation engineer for the Government of Mozambique, set-up Guinea worm eradication programmes in West Africa with UNICEF and WHO, and is technical director of WELL, a resource centre providing technical advice on water and environmental health to the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and other agencies. He is also an editor of Tropical Medicine & International Health.
Sir Richard Feacham KBE is Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He was founding Director of the Institute for Global Health in San Francisco, and Professor of International Health at the University of California, former Director for Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank and former Dean of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
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