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Microbiological risk assessment and public health

Abstract

Despite the advances made in risk assessment i the past twenty years, in areas as diverse as toxicology and offshore engineering, the risk assessment approach has made little impact on those addressing the microbiological aspects of public health. In this paper the advances which have been made are discussed and the difficulties preventing the wider application of microbiological risk assessment (MRA) to public health are considered. The term microbiological risk is used here to mean the probability of contracting a disease caused by a microorganism. I intend to demonstrate that the dynamic nature of microorganisms and the unique nature of the relationship between a pathogen (a microorganism which causes disease) and its host create special challenges for those involved in MRA. Although these problems are difficult they are not intractable. Indeed in some cases partial solutions have already been found and applied. It is hoped that this paper will help stimulate further thought and consideration in a variety of disciplines so that these challenges can be met, thereby allowing MRA to fulfil its potential.
Authors:
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 1992
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
INIS-XA-N-030
Resource Relation:
Conference: 1992 international conference on risk assessment, London (United Kingdom), 5-9 Oct 1992; Other Information: 6 refs; PBD: 1992; Related Information: In: Risk assessment, session 1-4. International conference 1992. Part 1, 248 pages.
Subject:
60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES; 61 RADIATION PROTECTION AND DOSIMETRY; CONSUMER PRODUCTS; CONSUMER PROTECTION; FOOD; INFECTIOUS DISEASES; MICROORGANISMS; OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE; PUBLIC HEALTH; RISK ASSESSMENT
OSTI ID:
20577156
Research Organizations:
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) (United Kingdom)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: XA04N0321028693
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 204-209
Announcement Date:
Apr 14, 2005

Citation Formats

Skinner, Roger. Microbiological risk assessment and public health. IAEA: N. p., 1992. Web.
Skinner, Roger. Microbiological risk assessment and public health. IAEA.
Skinner, Roger. 1992. "Microbiological risk assessment and public health." IAEA.
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