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Air, dust, and soil contaminants and pathogens
Massive sandstorm blowing off the northwest African desert. (Norman Kuring)
Air, dust, and soil contaminants and pathogens
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Consumption of Bioaccumulative Contaminants
Vector Borne and Zoonotic (animal to human) Disease
Pathogens in Recreational Waters
Animal Sentinels of Human Health

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Public health problems caused by environmental contamination and emerging infectious diseases are a growing concern worldwide. These public health threats are affected by the relationship between people and the physical, chemical, and biological nature of our natural environments. Population growth and the associated pressures of development are increasing the difficulties associated with sustaining effective public health practices and policies. Vector-borne and zoonotic diseases, water contamination, airborne contaminants, bioaccumulative contaminants in the food chain, and environmental threats to public health the world over require marshalling of all our scientific knowledge and know-how to develop new solutions. Understanding environmental and ecological health is a prerequisite to protecting public health. As the Nation's natural science agency, USGS can play a significant role in providing scientific knowledge and information that will improve our understanding of the environmental contributions to disease and human health.

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Volume 12, No. 3, 2015

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Consumption of Bioaccumulative Contaminants
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Animal Sentinels of Human Health

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