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Can J Microbiol. 1988 Jul;34(7):921-4.

Occurrence of enteroviruses in marine sediment along the coast of Barcelona, Spain.

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Department of Microbiology, University of Barcelona, Spain.


A survey of the occurrence of enteroviruses in marine sediment was undertaken in an area receiving polluted effluents. Enteroviruses were detected in 21 out of 38 samples (55%). Viruses were found as far as 5 km from the shoreline and at a depth of 82 m. Multiple correlations between enteroviruses and bacteria, detected in the same samples, were computed. No correlation could be demonstrated between virus numbers and any other parameter in sediment samples collected south of Barcelona. This lack of correlation is probably due to the different decay rates shown by bacteria and viruses. In contrast, the cases where pollution resulted from a more recent deposition, as in sediment samples collected north of Barcelona, enterovirus levels were correlated with fecal streptococci levels.

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