Water-borne diseases are any illness caused by drinking water contaminated by human or animal feces, containing pathogenic microorganisms. Over the past decades, the picture of water-related human health issues has become increasingly complex, with the rise of new water-related infectious diseases and the re-emergence of ones already known. such as salmonellosis, cholera, shigellosis, malaria, schistosomiasis or modern infections such legionellosis or SARS  There is still lots of work to be done to protect human health worldwide.


Armenia Arsenicosis
Ascariasis Botulism
Campylobacteriosis Cryptosporiodiosis
Cyanobacterial toxins Dengue
Diarrhoea Dracunculiasis
Fluorosis Giardiasis
Hepatitis Hookworm infection
Japanese encephalitis Lead poisoning
Legionellosis Leptospirosis
Lymphatic filariasis Malaria
Malnutrition Methaemoglobinemia
Onchocerciasis Polio
Ring Worm or Tinea Scabies
Schistomiasis Trachoma
Trichuriasis Typhoid



In third world countries four-fifths of all the illnesses are caused by water-borne diseases, with diarrhea being the leading cause of childhood death.

The global picture of water and health has a strong local dimension with the following: