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Title: Salmonella: the forgotten pathogen: health hazards of compliance with European bathing water legislation.
Authors: Mansilha, Catarina
Coelho, Carla
Reinas, Alcina
Moutinho, Ana
Ferreira, Sónia
Pizarro, Cristina
Tavares, António
Keywords: Salmonella
Bathing Water
EU Directive
Faecal Indicator Microorganisms
Chromogenic Methods
Água e Solo
Issue Date: Jun-2010
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Mar Pollut Bull. 2010 Jun;60(6):819-26. Epub 2010 Feb 11
Abstract: The increasing demands on recreational waters have made microbial contamination a matter of public and scientific concern. This study aimed to search for Salmonella spp. in waters classified according EU Directive 2006/7/EC, in order to assess associations between its prevalence and the concentration of the non-pathogenic new faecal indicators: Escherichia coli and intestinal enterococci. Although a statistically significant association was observed Salmonella was detected on beaches classified as "Good" (9.3%) and "Excellent" (14.4%) which compromises the idea that faecal indicators can be predictors of pathogens. Attending the high prevalence of Salmonella found (23.1%) it seemed important to improve the efficiency of the conventional analytical method (ISO 6340:1995), comparing its draft with SML-VIDAS Salmonella and two new chromogenic media: AES Salmonella Agar Plate (ASAP) and Simple Method Salmonella (SMS). ASAP showed the higher efficiency and can be recommended for a faster detection and presumptive identification of salmonellae in bathing waters.
Peer review: yes
ISSN: 0025-326X
Publisher Version: http://pdn.
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