The fate of enteric pathogenic bacteria in estuarine and marine environments

Microbiol Sci. 1986 Nov;3(11):324-9.


Sufficient laboratory and field data are now available to hypothesize that enteric pathogens survive for very long periods of time in sea-water. In fact, these Gram-negative bacteria probably enter into dormancy, during which they remain viable and potentially virulent, yet are non-culturable when traditional bacteriological methods are employed. Increasing use of the world's oceans-for discharge of domestic wastes may result in public health problems in the future from the allochthonous human pathogens accumulating in the marine environment at disposal sites.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Enterobacteriaceae / growth & development
  • Enterobacteriaceae / isolation & purification*
  • Vibrio / growth & development
  • Vibrio / isolation & purification*
  • Water Microbiology*