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Pathogenic Environmental Microorganisms: Implications to Public Health Problems

Call for Papers

Pathogens and biological toxins in the environment contribute to humans’ microbial exposure. The first microbial exposure is through the birth canal and from then on microbes continue to colonize or infest our bodies. During our lifetime we are exposed to a plethora of environmental microorganisms; we inhale thousands of liters of air; we drink or bath in thousands of liters of water and we come in contact with soil, people, and animals. These environmental contacts influence our health positively by determining the human microbiome or negatively by threatening the human health.

The diversity of environmental microbial exposure and the implications to human health is a matter of increasing concern, particularly in the context of the climate uncertainty. Environmental pathogens including bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, and parasites are related to an array of infectious diseases. The main challenges facing in this field are the diversity of the pathogens encountered indoors or outdoors, originating from either the natural or the artificial environment, the fast and effective diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases attributed to environmental pathogens, and the potential underlying mechanisms and methodological issues on how the environmental microbial diversity can be best studied.

This special issue aims to address cutting edge research and review articles related to recent advances in the current research on pathogenic environmental microorganisms, their implications on public health, the pathogen-host interactions, the available diagnostic tools, and therapeutic approaches, as well as the prevention and management strategies.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Emerging aquatic pathogens
  • Soil microbial contamination and implications on human health
  • Climate change and its impact on pathogenic environmental microorganisms
  • Infectious diseases related to environmental changes due to human interventions
  • Pathogens and diseases of the building artificial environment
  • Environmental microbial exposure and occurrence of allergies/asthma
  • Environmental pathogens in the food-chain and implications to public health
  • Emerging public health risks in the marine environment (e.g., harmful algal blooms and new microbial contaminants)

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 31 August 2018
Publication DateJanuary 2019

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

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