Susanne Herbst

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Insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) are regarded as one of the most effective strategies to prevent malaria in Africa. This study analyses the use and quality of nets owned by households in an area of high net coverage. A structured questionnaire on ownership and use of nets was administered to the households of individuals sampled from a local health centre in(More)
This paper presents an application of a geographical information system (GIS) in the field of research of drinking water epidemiology. A retrospective study regarding gastrointestinal infections was carried out in the Rhine-Berg District (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany), which is characterised by different drinking water supply structures. The main(More)
The PubMed and ScienceDirect bibliographic databases were searched for the period of 1998–2009 to evaluate the impact of climatic and environmental determinants on food-and waterborne diseases. The authors assessed 1,642 short and concise sentences (key facts), which were extracted from 722 relevant articles and stored in a climate change knowledge base.(More)
OBJECTIVE This study assessed interactions between human beings and their immediate micro-ecological environment with regard to malaria transmission at the household level. METHODS Malaria cases and their controls were sampled from a local health care facility. A spot check of potential risk factors for malaria around the subjects' dwelling places was(More)
In the Aral Sea basin, human activities have resulted in the severe degradation of water and soil, which is considered to cause serious human health problems. This study investigated the risk factors: water, sanitation and related hygiene issues for diarrhoeal disease in Khorezm province, Uzbekistan. The risk factors were studied using a combination of(More)
The authors extracted from the PubMed and ScienceDirect bibli-ographic databases all articles published between 1998 and 2009 that were relevant to climate change and food-and waterborne diseases. Any material within each article that provided information about a relevant pathogen and its relationship with climate and climate change was summarized as a key(More)
Water-related infections constitute an important health impact world-wide. A set of tools serving for Microbial Risk Assessment (MRA) of waterborne diseases should comprise the entire drinking-water management system and take into account the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) concept which provides specific Critical Control Points (CCPs)(More)
Nutritional therapy of the cancer patient by the oral route includes management of factors that may cause anorexia, attempts to modify the patient's eating behavior, and the offering of nutritional supplements to the patient. Anoretic factors for which specific strategies may be employed include taste abnormalities, pain, nausea, and depression.(More)
Six sewage treatment plants (STP) were investigated over a 12-month period in order to measure the microbiological load of untreated municipal wastewater and to evaluate the removal efficiencies of different treatment systems. The STP investigated can be classified into three categories: bigger plants with tertiary treatment, smaller plants with enhanced(More)
Regarding the health effects of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and their decomposition products (particularly vinyl chloride (VC)) under chronic low-dose exposure, VOC groundwater contaminations are seen to be an ongoing public health issue. This article presents results of a long-term investigation surveying VOC and VC groundwater contamination upstream(More)