Significance and suitability of Aeromonas hydrophila vs. fecal califorms in assessing microbiological water quality

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s11274-008-9793-4
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TypeArticle
Journal titleWorld Journal Microbiology and Biotechnology
Volume24
Issue11
Pages26652670; # of pages: 6
Subjectfecal coliforms; Aeromonas hydrophila; river; stream; water quality
AbstractWe examined the significance and suitability of Aeromonas hydrophila versus fecal coliforms in assessing microbiological water quality. For this, we used the membrane filtration method to simultaneously estimate the abundance level of A. hydrophila and fecal coliforms in waters from the Mfoundi river watershed at Yaounde´, and compared how fluctuations in A. hydrophila abundance matched those observed with fecal coliforms index as an indicator of water quality in the system under study. Our results revealed that waters were not safe according to the standards for water quality established by the Word Health Organization (WHO). They also indicated the prevalence of A. hydrophila as compared to fecal coliforms, and suggested that water from the Mfoundi River and its tributaries could be classified as hypereutrophic based on the density of Aeromonas. Moreover, the spatial distribution of fecal coliforms and A. hydrophila exhibited similar trends within the different water bodies investigated, suggesting that A. hydrophila can be used as indicator of water quality in highly polluted waters. We concluded that waters from the Mfoundi River watershed at Yaounde´ represent a great potential risk of infection for users, and foresee that the next challenge will be to determine, among other factors, the physico-chemical factors influencing the observed spatial distribution.
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AffiliationNRC Biotechnology Research Institute; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number49969
NPARC number12440522
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