Water Sanitation Health

Toxic cyanobacteria in water

A guide to their public health consequences, monitoring and management

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Toxic cyanobacteria in water

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Editors: Ingrid Chorus and Jamie Bartram
Number of pages: 416
Publication date: 1999
Published on behalf of UNESCO, WHO and UNEP by E&FN Spon

Languages: English
ISBN: 0 419 23930 8

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The threat posed by toxins from cyanobacteria to water supplies has increased world-wide during the past 30 years. Health problems attributed to the presence of such toxins in drinking water have been reported in a number of countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, England, South Africa and the USA.

This book, which has been prepared by an international group of experts, examines the need to protect drinking water, recreational waters and other water supplies from contamination by toxic cyanobacteria and to control their impact on health. It discusses the nature, diversity and global occurrence of toxic cyanobacteria, their consequences for public health, and methods for the assessment, management, investigation and treatment of contaminated water supplies. Programmes for monitoring the causes and occurrence of cyanobacteria in water and techniques for the analysis of water samples are described.