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Quantification of thermotolerant Campylobacter in Swiss water treatment plants, by real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction


Rinsoz, T; Hilfiker, S; Oppliger, A (2009). Quantification of thermotolerant Campylobacter in Swiss water treatment plants, by real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction. Water environment research, 81(9):929-933.

Abstract

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 2,292,000 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.

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 2,292,000 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.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI)
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:September 2009
Deposited On:12 Feb 2010 14:33
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:53
Publisher:Water Environment Federation
ISSN:1061-4303
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.2175/106143009X407429
Official URL:http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/wef/wer
PubMed ID:19860149
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-29884

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