A Survey of Databases Covering Specific Water-borne Diseases and Water Contaminants in the US-Mexico Border Region.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Eric C. Jones, Research Scientist (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: The contractor was asked to investigate databases that cover diarrhea/diarrhea-causing pathogens, hepatitis A, amebiasis/amebas, shigellosis/shigella, typhoid/typhoid fever, lead/lead compounds, arsenic, chromium, and all types of pesticides as either health outcomes (poisoning or infection) or as water contamination (chemical or biological). Specifically, the contractor was provided with a variety of metadata parameters with which to describe each database. Those parameters can be found in the Water Metadata Spreadsheet accompanying this summary report. All databases/datasets included in this report contain data on the border region. No databases have been included that were determined to lack data on the border region. In a few cases (such as NHANES), it was not determined exactly how much of the nationally collected data (or state- collected data, in other cases) comes from the border area. The Water Summary Report, Metadata Spreadsheet, and Water Contact Spreadsheet are intended for use by members of the Environment Health Work Group and technical experts in their effort to develop appropriate environmental health indicators for the Border 2012 Initiative. This summary report is meant to provide an overview of the databases reviewed and an analysis and recommendations regarding the utility of each of the indicators. This Water Summary Report is organized as follows: Introduction, Methodology, Results (metadata collection strategy, review of collected databases), and Discussion (database coverage, utility of proposed indicators, suggested activities).

Additional Information

Research Triangle Park, NC: EPA. http://www.epa.gov/icc/air_water_data/water_report_01.pdf.
Language: English
Date: 2005
Water-borne Diseases, Water Contaminants, US-Mexico Border Region

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