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Water-Related Diseases

Water-related diseases exact a terrible toll on human health.

These illnesses are of many types, but they are all directly related to a need for clean water. Many diseases arise simply because of the lack of clean water for drinking and cleaning food. Others are spawned by inadequate sanitation facilities and poor personal hygiene practices that are directly related to a lack of clean water.

Water-related diseases are one of the world’s most significant health problems—and one that is largely preventable. Cholera and other diarrheal diseases alone are responsible for some 1.8 million deaths each and every year. The poor of developing nations, especially children, are hardest-hit. Water-related diseases trap millions in cycles of poverty and poor health, often rendering them unable to work or go to school.

In the developing world, the cumulative effect of water-related disease stifles economic growth and stresses healthcare systems that are already overloaded.

There are five main types of water-related infectious disease.

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