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Record number 407572
Title Escherichia coli Concentrations in Feces of Geese, Coots, and Gulls Residing on Recreational Water in The Netherlands
Author(s) Meerburg, B.G.; Koene, M.G.J.; Kleijn, D.
Source Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 11 (2011)6. - ISSN 1530-3667 - p. 601 - 603.
Department(s) LR - Backoffice
CVI Bacteriology and Epidemiology
CE - Molecular Ecology Ecotoxicology and Wildlife Management
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2011
Keyword(s) quality
Abstract Abstract Contamination of recreational water by bird feces is a main concern of water managers. It is important to understand the sources of Escherichia coli contamination since the organism is frequently used as a water hygiene parameter. Here, we address presence and levels of E. coli in fecal shedding from several waterfowl (25 geese, 20 coots, and 40 gulls) and demonstrate that there is a bird species variation. Results indicate that gull feces contain a greater average concentration of E. coli per gram than do geese or coot feces. However, contamination risks also depends on bird abundance. These are important aspects for effective water bird management.
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