Special Issue "Risks from Emerging Pathogenic Organisms in Water"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Aquatic Systems—Quality and Contamination".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 July 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. James A. VanDerslice
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Guest Editor
Division of Public Health, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84132, USA
Interests: water supply and sanitation; geographic analysis; prediction models; drinking water quality; environmental transmission of antibiotic-resistant organisms

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The rapid spread of COVID-19 across the globe has highlighted the vulnerability of society to emerging pathogens. The focus of this issue of Water will be on such threats, including SARS-CoV-2, antibacterial-resistant organisms, novel viruses, amoeba, and opportunistic pathogens. in source water, drinking water, reclaimed water and wastewater. Of particular interest are studies of the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater and feces, and the use of this information as a method of COVID-19 surveillance and to inform public health actions. We encourage submissions that focus on the presence or potential for such agents in drinking water as well as the expected or observed impacts in human populations. Studies examining variation in susceptibility to adverse outcomes as well as disparities facing sub-populations are also encouraged as long as the there is a clear focus on emerging pathogenic organisms. Similarly, investigations regarding the contamination of source waters and input to source waters (e.g. wastewater) will be considered as long as the work clearly links the results to the impacts (potential or actual) on drinking water quality and/or human health. We would like this special issue to be a forum for focusing attention on these problems, highlight the actual and potential impacts and foster greater collaboration among researchers in this field.

Prof. Dr. James A. VanDerslice
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Water is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • emerging pathogens
  • drinking water contamination
  • waterborne disease
  • health risks
  • QMRA
  • source water contamination

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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