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Bacterial-protozoa interactions; an update on the role these phenomena play towards human illness

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Snelling, WJ, Moore, JE, McKenna, JP, Lecky, DM and Dooley, James (2006) Bacterial-protozoa interactions; an update on the role these phenomena play towards human illness. MICROBES AND INFECTION, 8 (2). pp. 578-587. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1016/j.micinf.2005.09.001


The usage of water with poor microbiological quality increases the risk of human illness. This review discusses and updates current thinking on the nature of the interaction between a range of human bacterial pathogens and waterborne protozoa. The importance of protozoa acting as protective environments for pathogenic bacteria from disinfection and of promoting extended survival in otherwise hostile environments is highlighted. The significance of biofilms in water systems, and new relationships between Salmonella and Campylobacter and water-borne protozoa are also discussed. The protection of pathogenic bacteria from disinfection within protozoa and/or biofilms has important implications for water safety. (c) 2005 Elsevier SAS. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE)
ID Code:3833
Deposited By:Professor James Dooley
Deposited On:05 Jan 2010 16:12
Last Modified:17 May 2012 12:26

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