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Occurrence of Vibrio spp. in Selected Recreational Water Bodies in Belgium during 2021 Bathing Season.
Sacheli, Rosalie; Philippe, Camille; Meex, Cécile et al.
2023In International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20 (20), p. 6932
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Keywords :
Belgium; Vibrio spp.; bathing water; recreational water; vibriosis; Humans; Seasons; Vibrio/genetics; Vibrio cholerae/genetics; Vibrio Infections/epidemiology; Pollution; Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Abstract :
[en] In recent years, a global increase in the number of reports of human vibriosis involving V. cholerae non-O1/O139 (NOVC) and other Vibrio spp. has been observed. In this context, the Belgian National Reference Center for Vibrio conducted an assessment of the presence of Vibrio spp. in recreational waters. Water sampling was performed monthly in different lakes in Wallonia and Flanders, including the North Sea. The collected water was then filtrated and cultured, and Vibrio spp. was quantified according to the Most Probable Number (MPN). Presumptive colonies were confirmed via MALDI-TOF, and PCR for virulence genes was applied if justified. No Vibrio spp. was found in the analyzed water bodies in Wallonia. However, NOVC was isolated from three different lakes in Flanders and from coastal water. In addition, V. alginolyticus and V. parahaemolyticus were also detected in coastal water. No clear impact of the pH and temperature was observed on Vibrio spp. occurrence. Our study demonstrates the presence of Vibrio spp. in different bathing water bodies, mostly in the north of Belgium, and supports the recommendation to include Vibrio spp. as a water quality indicator for bathing water quality assessment to ensure the safety of water recreational users in Belgium.
Disciplines :
Microbiology
Author, co-author :
Sacheli, Rosalie  ;  Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège - CHU > > Service de microbiologie clinique
Philippe, Camille ;  Department of Clinical Microbiology, Belgian National Reference Center Vibrio cholerae and Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Medicines (CIRM), University Hospital of Liege, 4000 Liège, Belgium
Meex, Cécile  ;  Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège - CHU > > Service de microbiologie clinique
MZOUGUI, Samy ;  Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège - CHU > > Service de microbiologie clinique
Melin, Pierrette  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences biomédicales et précliniques
Hayette, Marie-Pierre  ;  Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège - CHU > > Service de microbiologie clinique
Language :
English
Title :
Occurrence of Vibrio spp. in Selected Recreational Water Bodies in Belgium during 2021 Bathing Season.
Publication date :
17 October 2023
Journal title :
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
ISSN :
1660-4601
eISSN :
1661-7827
Publisher :
MDPI AG, Switzerland
Volume :
20
Issue :
20
Pages :
6932
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
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