3,500,000 people die from dirty drinking water every year, approximately 9,500 a day. Every 15 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease. Water contamination is a huge problem in poor countries and almost non-existent in rich nations. Many of these deaths are from diarrhea (43%) which causes severe dehydration.
Diarrhea, Arsenicosis (long term exposure to water with arsenic), and Cholera are some of the major diseases that are water-born. Another major disease that occurs not from drinking the water, but is still derived from stagnant water is Malaria. In 2010, there were 250 million cases of malaria and over 750,000 deaths. It is one of the most deadly diseases, effecting mostly those in poor, tropical countries.
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