New in EHP: Gastrointestinal illness from contact with Georgia's Chattahoochee River

My latest Science Selection for Environmental Health Perspectives, published June 14, is titled "How Improved Is Improved Enough? Gastrointestinal Illness Risk after Sewer Infrastructure Upgrades." It covers newly published research into rates of gastrointestinal illness in metro Atlanta associated with exposure to the Chattahoochee River, which runs right through the city, following upgrades to the city's combined sewer system, which often overflows into the river. In addition to receiving treated and untreated sewage from Atlanta and other cities and towns, the river is a popular destination for recreation and also a source of drinking water in the state. The upgrades to the sewer system were designed to improve water quality and public health by reducing overflows of untreated sewage into the river, but as the research finds, they had somewhat limited effectiveness. Read my story here.

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