Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 77, Issue 1, pp 31–49

Occurrence of Potential Bacterial Pathogens in Coastal Areas of the Adriatic Sea

  • Lucia Bonadonna
  • Rossella Briancesco
  • Anna Maria Coccia
  • Maurizio Semproni
  • Dave Stewardson
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1015734015382

Cite this article as:
Bonadonna, L., Briancesco, R., Coccia, A.M. et al. Environ Monit Assess (2002) 77: 31. doi:10.1023/A:1015734015382

Abstract

A monitoring program was carried out in bathing waters along the sea-coast of the Adriatic Sea. The investigation was aimedat obtaining a quali-quantitative picture of microorganisms ofanthropic origin and of a more strictly autochthonous origin and at verifying the existence of possible reciprocal correlations and combinations of relationship between them. Results showed that the concentrations of indicators of faecal contamination, whether within or over the values established by legislation, are not always related to the presence and density of microorganisms of environmental origin but the regression modelsused can help to describe how these latter microorganisms can bein relation to levels of the other parameters. The difficultyis evident of the predictability of health effects swimming-associated; for this reason more complex models that are currently used should be taken into account for minimising the risk for bathers.

Adriatic Sea autochthonous bacteria bathing water indicators of faecal contamination multivariate analysis 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lucia Bonadonna
    • 1
  • Rossella Briancesco
    • 1
  • Anna Maria Coccia
    • 1
  • Maurizio Semproni
    • 1
  • Dave Stewardson
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratorio di Igiene AmbientaleIstituto Superiore di SanitàRomaItaly
  2. 2.Industrial Statistics Research UnitUniversity of NewcastleU.K

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