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Detection of Bacteroides species by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) for Identifying Sewage Contamination in Recreational Water

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The ingestion of sewage contaminated water is a significant means for the transmission of infectious diseases. Consequently, maintaining and monitoring the quality of fresh and recreational water is a public health necessity. Although federal water quality standards exist, they have been shown to be highly inadequate for accurately assessing the risk of waterborne disease transmission to humans. For this reason, research continues for the search of more appropriate water quality standards based on more selective and sensitive detection systems. New approaches using genetic based methods provide microbiologists with a means to identify microorganisms in the environment without having to culture.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2002-01-01

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