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Detectable Levels of Bacterial Pathogens in the Rivers of the Lake Chaohu Basin, China

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Taihu Laboratory for Lake Ecosystem Research, State Key Laboratory of Lake Science and Environment, Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing 210008, China
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School of Environment and Planning, Liaocheng University, Liaocheng 252000, China
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University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
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Sino-Japan Friendship Center for Environmental Protection, Beijing 100029, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(23), 4857; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16234857
Received: 11 November 2019 / Revised: 27 November 2019 / Accepted: 29 November 2019 / Published: 3 December 2019
Bacterial pathogens are one of the causes of human diseases and have a serious impact on environmental health. In this study, we investigated the bacterial pathogen community in 88 sites at rivers around Lake Chaohu Basin, China, using Illumina miseq sequencing. The results showed that three opportunistic pathogens: Acinetobacter, Massilia, and Brevundimonas, were the three abundant bacterial genera in all samples, and had a relative abundance of 0.33 to 49.28% (average 8.80%), 0.06 to 25.4% (average 4.6%), 0.01 to 12.82% (average 2.6%) of all bacterial sequences, respectively. Our results indicated that a high abundance of opportunistic pathogens was observed in the rivers of the Lake Chaohu Basin, and that effective treatment and monitoring of sewage entering into rivers should be further strengthened. View Full-Text
Keywords: Illumina miseq sequencing; Lake Chaohu; opportunistic pathogens; river Illumina miseq sequencing; Lake Chaohu; opportunistic pathogens; river
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Shao, K.; Yao, X.; Xie, G.; Wu, Y.; Hu, Y.; Tang, X.; Gao, G. Detectable Levels of Bacterial Pathogens in the Rivers of the Lake Chaohu Basin, China. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4857.

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