Dr Rita Colwell

American Health Campaigner Wins Water Prize

An American public health campaigner has been awarded the 2010 Stockholm Water Prize.

Dr Rita Colwell, who's 76, was awarded the prize on Monday for what the Stockholm International Water Institute said was her pioneering research on the prevention of waterborne infectious diseases such as cholera, which has helped protect the health and lives of millions.

"Dr Rita Colwell's numerous seminal contributions towards solving the world's water and water-related public health problems, particularly her work to prevent the spread of cholera, is of utmost global importance", noted the Stockholm Water Prize Nominating Committee in its citation.

"Through her research on its physiology, ecology, and metabolism, Dr Colwell advanced the fields of mathematics, genetics and remote sensing technology and not only as they relate to these bacteria but to the prevention other diseases in many developing countries," the committee said.

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