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Environ Microbiol. 2008 Jun;10(6):1635-40. doi: 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2007.01555.x. Epub 2008 Jan 21.

Presence of Arcobacter spp. in environmental waters correlates with high levels of fecal pollution.

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Unitat de Microbiologia, Departament de Ciències Mèdiques Bàsiques, Facultat de Medicina i Ciències de la Salut, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Sant Llorenç 21, 43201 Reus, Spain.

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We investigated the presence of Arcobacter spp. in 205 water samples of freshwater, seawater and sewage in Spain. These bacteria were present in 55.1% of the samples (113/205) and were significantly associated for the first time with bacterial indicators of fecal pollution. The dominant species in the positive samples was Arcobacter butzleri (94%) followed by Arcobacter cryaerophilus (30%) and Arcobacter skirrowii (1.8%).

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