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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(6), 6156-6170; doi:10.3390/ijerph110606156

Quality of Water and Antibiotic Resistance of Escherichia coli from Water Sources of Hilly Tribal Villages with and without Integrated Watershed Management—A One Year Prospective Study

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Department of Public Health Sciences, Global Health (IHCAR), Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, SE 17177, Sweden
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Department of Environmental Medicine, Indian Initiative for Management of Antibiotic Resistance, R. D. Gardi Medical College, Ujjain, 456010, India
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Bac-test Laboratory, College Road, Nashik, 422005, India
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Received: 23 April 2014 / Revised: 3 June 2014 / Accepted: 4 June 2014 / Published: 12 June 2014
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Abstract

In many hilly tribal areas of the world, water scarcity is a major problem and diarrhoea is common. Poor quality of water also affects the environment. An integrated watershed management programme (IWMP) aims to increase availability of water and to improve life conditions. Globally, there is a lack of information on water contamination, occurrence of diarrhoea and antibiotic resistance, a serious global concern, in relation to IWMP in hilly tribal areas. Therefore, a prospective observational study was conducted during 2011–2012 in six villages in a hilly tribal belt of India, three with and three without implementation of an IWMP, to explore quality of water, diarrhoeal cases in the community and antibiotic resistance of Escherichia coli from water sources. The results showed that physico-chemical quality of water was within limits of safe consumption in all samples. The odds of coliform contamination in water samples was 2.3 times higher in non-watershed management villages (NWMV) compared to integrated watershed management villages (IWMV) (95% CI 0.8–6.45, p = 0.081). The number of diarrhoeal cases (18/663 vs. 42/639, p < 0.05) was lower in IWMV as compared to NWMV. Overall E. coli isolates showed high susceptibility to antibiotics. Resistance to a wider range of antibiotics was observed in NWMV. View Full-Text
Keywords: integrated watershed management; hilly tribal region; water quality; E. coli contamination; antibiotic resistance integrated watershed management; hilly tribal region; water quality; E. coli contamination; antibiotic resistance
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Nerkar, S.S.; Tamhankar, A.J.; Khedkar, S.U.; Lundborg, C.S. Quality of Water and Antibiotic Resistance of Escherichia coli from Water Sources of Hilly Tribal Villages with and without Integrated Watershed Management—A One Year Prospective Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 6156-6170.

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