Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 143–151 | Cite as

Can we use the Shiga-bacteriophage as indicator for a faecal pollution of water?

  • R. Abdoelrachman

Summary and conclusions

In an important percentage of stools of healthy persons Shiga bacteriophage occurs.

The Shiga bacteriophage occurs during some lapse of time in water which has been polluted by human faeces. The Shiga bacteriophage could be ascertained in water by means of the enrichment method ofNyberg.

The Shiga bacteriophage method for indicating the pollution of strongly polluted water is as sensitive or sometimes less so than the methods ofEijkman and ofClemesha.

For the examination of water in several stages of purification in water works the Shiga bacteriophage method is as sensitive or even more so than the other methods.

The Shiga bacteriophage does not act strongly in the self-purification of polluted water.

The Shiga bacteriophage may be used as indicator for a faecal pollution of water and this method may be applied along with the other bacteriological methods in water control. It may be advantageous to study more closely its limits and its benefits in the practice of water control


Polluted Water Healthy Person Water Control Enrichment Method Human Faeces 
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