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Call for papers

Call for papers for a special issue on impact of anthropogenic changes to water on human pathogens

Eurosurveillance invites authors to submit papers for a special issue on the impact of anthropogenic changes to water on human pathogens and the epidemiology of infectious diseases and relevance for public health.

Water can act as a solvent for antimicrobials, antifungals, antivirals, pesticides, and heavy metals. The release of such substances in the water can lead to the development of respective resistance in pathogens or related vectors. The resistance can spread between pathogens (e.g. via plasmid exchange), but resistant pathogens can also be propagated further in the environment via currents, or food webs, allowing humans to be exposed in new ways.

The aim of this special issue is to provide examples relevant for European public health, on how anthropogenic changes to water affect epidemiology of human infectious disease and how these changes cause infections with pathogens exhibiting novel drug resistance and/or virulence patterns.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • emerging opportunistic fungal and bacterial infection acquired in the healthcare setting through contact with water and aerosols
  • infections caused by organisms from ground water, drinking wells and water reservoir with resistance to antimicrobials due to increasing concentrations of such substances in these artificial water systems
  • unusual human outbreaks due to ingestion of pathogens present in foods originating from aquatic environments affected by anthropogenic changes, or due to exposure to pathogens from such environments
  • issues related to the detection and identification of cases and the proof of anthropogenic change to water as a cause.

The submission deadline is 15 April 2015. If you would like to submit a paper or ask for more information, please see our instructions for authors regarding article formats and contact the editorial team at

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