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Quantification of Thermotolerant Campylobacter in Swiss Water Treatment Plants, by Real-Time Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction

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A total of 49 wastewater samples from 23 different wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) were analyzed using real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction for the presence and quantity of thermotolerant campylobacters. Thermotolerant campylobacters were detected in 87.5% (21/24) and 64% (16/25) of untreated and treated wastewater samples, respectively. Their concentration was sufficiently high to be quantified in 20.4% (10/49) of the samples. In these samples, the concentration ranged from 68 000 to 2292 000 cells/L in untreated wastewater and from 10 800 to 28 000 cells/L in treated water. We conclude that thermotolerant campylobacters present a health hazard for workers at WWTPs in Switzerland.

Keywords: Campylobacter spp; occupational health; quantitative polymerase chain reaction; wastewater treatment plant

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 1, 2009

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