More than 4000 people are thought to have been struck down by Havelock North drinking water contaminated with _Campylobacter_. Prime Minister John Key is backing the Hastings District Council, saying it acted as quickly as it could. But he told Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking there could be court action, as it’s not clear whether the contamination contributed to the death of a woman in a rest home. He says that court action could involve civil or criminal charges.
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The Global Water Pathogen Project (GWPP) is an international network of over 140 scientists focused on translating the science on global water pathogens, sanitation, and health in order to protect global health. Led by Dr. Joan B. Rose of Michigan State University and Dr. Blanca Jimenez, Director of the Division of Water Sciences, UNESCO, the GWPP provides an online knowledge resource and hub on water pathogens, which will guide the goals for sanitation and achieving safe water around the world. The GWPP grew out of an interest to update the book “Sanitation and Disease: Health Aspects of Excreta and Wastewater Management” (Feachem et al.1983), which was published with a financial contribution from the World Bank. The GWPP will update and revise the original book, as well as target the risk based evaluation of sanitation technologies within the WHO water safety framework and contribute to the improvement of access to sanitation. See http://www.waterpathogens.org