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A Method to Detect Viable Helicobacter Pylori Bacteria in Groundwater

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Abstract:The inability to detect the presence of viable Helicobacter pylori bacteria in environmental waters has hindered the public health community in assessing the role water may playin the transmission of this pathogen. This work describes a cultural enrichment method coupled with an H. pylori-specific PCR to identify these bacteria in water. While far from perfected at the present time, this represents an exciting new approach to studying the significance of water as a transmission mechanism for H. pylori. Evidence is presented that indicates culturable H. pylori bacteria were found using this enrichment/PCR method in a local groundwater source.
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Citation:Flanigan, D. J., and M. R. Rodgers. A Method to Detect Viable Helicobacter Pylori Bacteria in Groundwater. ACTA HYDROCHIM 31(1):45-48, (2003).
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Contact: Mary P. O'Bryant - (919)-541-4871 or obriant.mary@epa.gov
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Division: Microbiological & Chemical Exposure Assessment Division
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Branch: Microbial Exposure Research Branch
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Product Type: Journal
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Published: 06/01/2003
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