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Can J Microbiol. 1991 Oct;37(10):785-90.

Survival and injury of Escherichia coli, Campylobacter jejuni, and Yersinia enterocolitica in stream water.

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Department of Microbiology, Montana State University, Bozeman 59717.


Experiments were done to describe the survival and injury of three strains each of enteropathogenic Escherichia coli, Yersinia enterocolitica, and Campylobacter jejuni in agricultural surface water. Bacterial suspensions within membrane diffusion chambers were immersed in two large vessels of stream water that were held at 6 and 16 degrees C and changed daily. The results of daily plate counts, using selective and nonselective media, revealed some variation among strains and genera. Injury increased rapidly in all of the bacteria examined during an initial 4-day period of population stability. Bacterial persistence was generally prolonged at 6 degrees C, while the occurrence of injury was directly related to temperature. However, both survival and injury in C. jejuni were less dependent on temperature, while Y. enterocolitica displayed the greatest survival at both 6 and 16 degrees C. These results suggest that surface water in the temperate zone might serve as a persistent vehicle for the transmission of these enteropathogenic bacteria between animals and humans.

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