This Chapter gathers together the information related to human health problems that have already been presented in preceding Chapters. It gives the opportunity to present in the study a general portrait of Canadian Public Health problems related to water issues. The main health problems associated with contaminants found in Canadian drinking waters are presented as well as a brief examination of hazards associated with recreational use of water. Finally, the problems caused by mercury contamination in fish are presented as a special case because of the extreme importance of this issue to the Aboriginal people of Canada in particular. This Chapter is largely inspired by the Health Canada (1997) report Health and Environment that describes the current understanding of the relationship between human health and the Canadian environment.
KeywordsMercury Concentration Recreational Water Mercury Contamination Gastrointestinal Illness Human Health Problem
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