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Indian J Med Res. 1990 May;91:185-8.

Antibiotic resistance of coliforms in drinking water in rural areas.

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Industrial Toxicology Research Centre, Lucknow.


The antibiotic sensitivity of 197 coliform sp. isolated from drinking water in five rural areas was studied. Twelve strains (6.1%) showed multiple antibiotic resistance, three (1.5%) of which were able to transfer the resistances to an Escherichia coli K-12 recipient. It seems unlikely that the occurrence of transmissible multiple antibiotic resistance among coliforms in drinking water in the areas studied poses a significant public health risk.

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