A Map of All the Poo in our Water
A study recently published in the journal Pathogens presents a map created of human waste viruses traveling in global waterways as an aid to a global assessment of water quality.
The map’s purpose is to determine sources of untreated sewage responsible for the spread of disease in countries where the lack of basic sanitation is a serious public health hazard.
Joan Rose and a team of researchers from Michigan State University focused on rotavirus, a pathogen likely responsible for over 450,000 deaths every year, with children younger than two years being especially susceptible. The map will pinpoint “hotspots,” otherwise not detectable due to a lack of constant monitoring.
Sustainability Development Goals outlined by the United Nations have been developed to extend the public health goals not achieved in the Millennium Development Goals set in 2000. This study addresses these goals, which intend to cut the proportion of the world population lacking access to safe sanitation by 50% by this year.