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Persistence of viral pathogens and bacteriophages during sewage treatment: lack of correlation with indicator bacteria

Authors
Journal
Research in Microbiology
0923-2508
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
152
Issue
8
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0923-2508(01)01255-4
Keywords
  • Human Enteric Viruses
  • Bacteriophages
  • Indicator Bacteria
  • Sewage Treatment

Abstract

Abstract The effects of different sewage treatments on the viral contamination in rivers which receive water from treatment plants without a final sand filtration step were investigated. They were all heavily contaminated with bacteriophages and human enteric viruses (detected by single step reverse transcription amplification followed by a nested polymerase chain reaction). Bacteriophages, but not faecal indicator organisms, were correlated with viral contamination.

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