Emerging Waterborne Pathogens

The ecology of pathogens including Legionella, the bacteria that cause Legionnaires' Disease, and Legionella-like bacteria is studied as part of the Center's initiative to prevent the transmission of waterborne pathogens through environmental reservoirs. Environmental factors affecting distribution are also considered in preventing pathogens from spreading. Over the last five years, the Center has been funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for projects headed by Sharon Berk, microbiologist with the Center, to reveal the prevalence of the new potential human pathogens and predict environments likely to harbor such pathogens.


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