Accession Number:

ADA012489

Title:

Survival of Human Pathogens in the Marine Environment.

Descriptive Note:

Annual rept. no. 1, 1 Jun 74-31 May 75,

Corporate Author:

MARYLAND UNIV COLLEGE PARK DEPT OF MICROBIOLOGY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1975-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

26.0

Abstract:

It is apparent from the results of the virus studies that enteric viruses survive for relatively long periods of time in estuarine and marine salinities when the water temperature is 25C or lower. Of the three enterioviruses tested, Coxsackie B-5 virus has been the most stable one with ECHO-6 virus being intermediate and polio 1 the least stable virus. This was true both in controlled laboratory experiments and in situ and is probably indicative of the diversity in stability one would encounter if all of the 100 human enteroviruses were studied. While the salinity of the water may have minor effects on enterovirus stability, clearly the most important factor affecting virus viability was the temperature of the water.

Subject Categories:

  • Microbiology
  • Water Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE