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Isolation of Burkholderia cenocepacia and Burkholderia vietnamiensis from human sewage

McNeely, Damian, Moore, John E., Elborn, J. Stuart, Millar, B. Cherie, Rendall, Jackie and Dooley, James (2009) Isolation of Burkholderia cenocepacia and Burkholderia vietnamiensis from human sewage. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH, 19 (2). pp. 157-162. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1080/09603120802392876


Fresh human sewage was examined from a sewage treatment plant for the presence of members of the Burkholderia cepacia complex (BCC) of bacterial organisms and confirmed the presence of viable B. cenocepacia and B. vietnamiensis, by a combination of cultural, phenotypic and genotypic techniques. Both these organisms are important respiratory pathogens for patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Presently, the survival dynamics of these organisms in sewage effluent and sludge is, as yet, unknown. Therefore, as this study represents the first report of these CF pathogens in sewage and until such survival data is available, careful risk assessment needs to be undertaken in relation to the end use application of potentially contaminated sewage and where such material comes into association with non-colonised patients with cystic fibrosis, so that any potential transmission of these pathogens from sewage to patient is assessed and minimised/eliminated.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE)
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
ID Code:3799
Deposited By: Professor James Dooley
Deposited On:05 Jan 2010 14:17
Last Modified:17 May 2012 10:08

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