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Am J Public Health. 1984 Nov;74(11):1273-5.

Thermotolerant non-fecal source Klebsiella pneumoniae: validity of the fecal coliform test in recreational waters.

Abstract

Wisconsin pulp and paper mill processing plants were evaluated for fecal coliform and total Klebsiella (i.e., thermotolerant and thermointolerant) bacterial concentrations. Using the standard fecal coliform test, up to 90 per cent of non-fecal source thermotolerant K. pneumoniae was falsely identified as fecal source bacteria. Since there is a lack of specificity in the currently used standard for fecal coliform evaluation, a more reliable health risk assessment for fecal coliform bacteria is recommended.

PMID:
6388365
PMCID:
PMC1652043
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