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Agricultural practices as a source of Campylobacter spp. in river water

Bates, P. and Phillips, C. A. (2005) Agricultural practices as a source of Campylobacter spp. in river water. Journal of Enviromental Health Research. 4(1), pp. 17-23. 1476-0932.

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Abstract: Campylobacter spp. are a major cause of human foodborne illness. Pigs, cattle, sheep and poultry are all capable of harbouring the organism in their intestines and therefore of shedding it in their faeces, potentially contaminating water sources via land run-off. Campylobacter has been previously shown to survive in water and campylobacteriosis caused by consumption of contaminated water has been reported in several countries, including the UK. This study investigates the effects of effluent from three potential sources of Campylobacter spp. on the levels of Campylobacter spp. in a river. The sources were an abattoir, a cattle market and farmland grazed by cattle with nearby a poultry farm. Samples were collected over a period of three weeks in winter to reflect a ‘worst case scenario’ situation as campylobacters have been shown to survive for longer periods in lower temperatures and spreading of slurry onto pasture is more common in winter.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Campylobacter spp., river water, pollution, agricultural practices
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S589.75 Agriculture and the environment
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA565 Environmental health
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering > TD201 Water supply for domestic and industrial purposes > TD419 Water pollution
Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR75 Bacteria
Creators: Bates, P and Phillips, Carol A
Publisher: Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
Northamptonshire and East Midlands: Health
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Health & Society
Date: April 2005
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 17-23
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Enviromental Health Research
Volume: 4
Number: 1
Language: English
ISSN: 1476-0932
Status: Published / Disseminated

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