Role of sediment in the persistence of enteroviruses in the estuarine environment

E. M. Smith, C. P. Gerba, J. L. Melnick

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Abstract

The survival of four enteroviruses commonly found in sewage effluents was examined when the viruses were adsorbed to marine sediments in estuarine water and compared with virus survival in estuarine water alone. Echovirus 1, coxsackieviruses B3 and A9, and poliovirus 1 survived longer when associated with marine sediment. When the estuarine water was polluted with secondarily treated sewage effluent, virus survived for prolonged periods in sediments, but not in the overlaying estuarine water.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)685-689
Number of pages5
JournalApplied and environmental microbiology
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1978
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Food Science
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Ecology

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