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Title: Frogs host faecal bacteria typically associated with humans.
Authors: Gibb, Karen
Schobben, Xavier
Christian, Keith
Affiliation: a Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Northern Territory 0909, Australia..
b Environmental Health Branch, Department of Health, P.O. Box 40596, Casuarina, Northern Territory 0810, Australia..
a Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Northern Territory 0909, Australia..
Issue Date: Jul-2017
Citation: Canadian journal of microbiology 2017-07; 63(7): 633-637
Abstract: Tree frogs commonly access drinking water tanks; this may have human health implications. Although amphibians might not be expected to host mammalian faecal indicator bacteria (FIB), it is possible that they may have human FIB on their skin after exposure to human waste. We collected faeces and skin wash from green tree frogs (Litoria caerulea) from a natural environment, a suburban site, and a suburban site near a creek occasionally contaminated with sewage effluent. We used molecular techniques to test for FIB that are routinely used to indicate human faecal contamination. Enterococci colonies were isolated from both faecal and skin wash samples, and specific markers (Enterococcus faecium and Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron) were found in frog faeces, demonstrating that these markers are not human- or mammalian-specific. Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron was detected in frogs from both natural and urban sites, but E. faecium was only associated with the sewage impacted site.
URI: http://docs.prosentient.com.au/prosentientjspui/handle/1/10288
DOI: 10.1139/cjm-2017-0119
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: animals
animaux
drinking water
eau potable
eaux usées
qualité de l’eau
sewage
water quality
Animals
Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron
Drinking Water
Enterococcus faecium
Feces
Humans
Ranidae
Sewage
Water Quality
Water Microbiology
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