About this Research Topic
Emerging microbial contaminants, including antibiotic resistant pathogens, their associated mobile resistome and human enteric viruses, can impose a more direct relevance to public health. However, their prevalence and abundance in the water sources are not well-monitored. Neither were there sufficient assessment performed to determine if the conventional or up-and-coming water and wastewater treatment processes are capable of removing these contaminants to levels below acceptable microbial risks. The fate and persistence of these emerging microbial contaminants during intervention procedures (e.g. chlorination, ultraviolet) and upon dissemination through the treated water product into the environment should be well-elucidated.
This proposed Research Topic aims to solicit papers that span across disciplines in microbiology, water quality chemistry and engineering, to provide innovative insights to address the above stated knowledge gaps pertaining to the emerging microbial contaminants.
Keywords: Pathogens; antibiotic resistance genes; human enteric viruses; water and wastewater treatment processes; public health
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