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Microbiol Sci. 1986 Nov;3(11):324-9.

The fate of enteric pathogenic bacteria in estuarine and marine environments.

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Department of Microbiology, University of Maryland, College Park 20742.


Sufficient laboratory and field data are now available to hypothesize that enteric pathogens survive for very long periods of time in sea-water. In fact, these Gram-negative bacteria probably enter into dormancy, during which they remain viable and potentially virulent, yet are non-culturable when traditional bacteriological methods are employed. Increasing use of the world's oceans-for discharge of domestic wastes may result in public health problems in the future from the allochthonous human pathogens accumulating in the marine environment at disposal sites.

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