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[Effect of the use of drinking water on the pathogenic fecal flora in a Sahel rural region].

Authors
  • Monjour, L
  • Bourdillon, F
  • Martin, A
  • Karam, M
  • Ouvrard, S
  • Datry, A
  • Fèvre, D
  • Gentilini, M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Bulletin de la Société de pathologie exotique et de ses filiales
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1984
Volume
77
Issue
2
Pages
175–181
Identifiers
PMID: 6327104
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Within the scope of a village hydraulic programme, in a Sahel rural area, an investigation was conducted in a school to determine the effect of the use of drinking water on fecal flora. One year following the installation of a hydraulic pump, it was observed that pathogenic salmonellae, shigellae and amoebic cysts had virtually disappeared. In contrast, the perennial character of viral contamination was demonstrated. Water guaranteed potable, therefore, appears to be an essential factor in the prevention of infections due to fecal pathogenic microorganisms. It is essential, however, that the areas surrounding the pumps be subjected to strict supervision to avoid pollution of the underground water sheet.

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