Bacteriophage of Enterococcus species for microbial source tracking

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Abstract

Contamination of surface waters with faeces may lead to increased public risk of human exposure to pathogens through drinking water supply, aquaculture, and recreational activities. Determining the source(s) of contamination is important for assessing the degree of risk to public health, and for selecting appropriate mitigation measures. Phage-based microbial source tracking (MST) techniques have been promoted as effective, simple and low-cost. The intestinal enterococci are a faecal “indicator of choice” in many parts of the world for determining water quality, and recently, phages capable of infecting Enterococcus faecalis have been proposed as a potential alternative indicator of human faecal contamination. The primary aim of this study was to evaluate critically the suitability and efficacy of phages infecting host strains of Enterococcus species as a low-cost tool for MST.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • University of Brighton
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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recreational activity
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feces
aquaculture
public health
pathogen
surface water
water quality
contamination
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Purnell, S 2012, 'Bacteriophage of Enterococcus species for microbial source tracking', Doctor of Philosophy, University of Brighton.

Bacteriophage of Enterococcus species for microbial source tracking. / Purnell, Sarah.

2012. 216 p.

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