ESRI Research Bulletin

E. coli in drinking water supplies and healthcare utilisation of older people

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September 7, 2022
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Morbidity and mortality linked to waterborne diseases is expected to rise in many jurisdictions as climate change increases the risks of infection of these diseases and populations in developed countries tend to grow older. In this study, we examined whether use of healthcare services is higher among older people in areas where E. coli, a disease-causing pathogen, was detected in drinking water tests.