Detection of naturally occurring enteroviruses and hepatitis A virus in undigested and anaerobically digested sludge using the polymerase chain reaction

T. M. Straub, I. L. Pepper, C. P. Gerba

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Abstract

Four undigested and four anaerobically digested sewage sludge samples were analyzed for enteroviruses and hepatitis A virus using seminested and double polymerase chain reaction (PCR), respectively. For enteroviruses, all eight samples were positive when detection was by seminested PCR. Using cell culture all samples except two digested sludge samples were positive. For hepatitis A virus, seven out of eight samples were positive by PCR detection. In all samples, PCR inhibitory substances were removed by passage through Sephadex G-50 and Chelex 100 columns. Overall the PCR methodology was highly successful in identifying the presence of both viruses; however, with this methodology, there was no indication as to whether en enteroviruses or hepatitis A viruses not confirmed in cell culture were infectious.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)884-888
Number of pages5
JournalCanadian Journal of Microbiology
Volume40
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

Keywords

  • Enteroviruses
  • Hepatitis A virus
  • RT-PCR
  • Seminested PCR
  • Sewage sludge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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