Legionella pneumophila in cooling towers: Fluctuations in counts, determination of genetic variability by Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE), and persistence of PFGE patterns

Sonia Ragull, Marian Garcia-Nuñez, Maria Luisa Pedro-Botet, Nieves Sopena, Maria Esteve, Rafael Montenegro, Miquel Sabrià

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Abstract

The concentrations of Legionella pneumophila in cooling towers may vary considerably over short periods of time, producing significant fluctuations throughout the year. Despite genetic variability, in small geographical areas the same indistinguishable pulsed-field gel electrophoresis patterns may be shared among different cooling towers and persist over time. Copyright © 2007, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5382-5384
JournalApplied and Environmental Microbiology
Volume73
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2007

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