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    Coagulase Positive Staphylococci as Indicators of Potential Health Hazards From Water

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    Coagulase-positive staphylococci are synonymous with the species Staphylococcus aureus. They are normal inhabitants of the nose, skin, and intestinal tract of healthy individuals as well as a cause of purulent infections of the skin, eyes, and ears. They are a major component of the bacterial flora of swimming pools and recreational waters that have a high density of swimmers and are potentially a good index of the health hazard associated with bathing in such waters. The major obstacle to their use as an indicator organism is the lack of a medium and method that is sufficiently selective and reliable for the quantitative recovery of these bacteria from aquatic habitats.


    bacteria, water, coliform bacteria, staphylococci

    Author Information:

    Evans, JB
    Head, Department of Microbiology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N. C.

    Committee/Subcommittee: D19.24

    DOI: 10.1520/STP34822S