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Beverages 2015, 1(3), 140-148;

Preliminary Evaluation of Enteric Viruses in Bottled Mineral Water Commercialized in Brazil

Laboratório de Microbiologia Molecular, Instituto de Ciências da Saúde, Universidade Feevale, Prédio Vermelho 2° Andar, Sala 205 RS 239, n° 2755, Vila Nova, 93352-000, Novo Hamburgo, RS, Brazil
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Academic Editor: Abua Ikem
Received: 9 May 2015 / Revised: 15 July 2015 / Accepted: 17 July 2015 / Published: 23 July 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water)
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In Brazil, mineral water is widely consumed and as of yet there have been no studies done in the country that aim to detect enteric viruses in this water source. The aim of this study was to analyze the presence of the human adenovirus (HAdV), the human rotavirus genogroup A (GARV) and the human enterovirus (hEV) in mineral water samples from six different brands that are commercialized in southern Brazil, using molecular techniques and comparing the results with bacterial indicators. Samples of 1.5 L and 500 mL were analyzed for viruses through PCR and total and thermotolerant coliforms. Additionally, heterotrophic bacteria were assayed using a commercial kit. The most prevalent virus was adenovirus (32.5%) followed by rotavirus (25%) and enterovirus (17.5%). Total and thermotolerant coliforms were absent in all samples and only three samples out of the 60 analyzed presented heterotrophic bacteria contamination. We conclude that, following the example taken into consideration regarding the public supply of drinking water, stricter measures for microbiological control should also be applied to mineral water so that this actually becomes a safer alternative. View Full-Text
Keywords: enteric viruses; HAdV; hEV; GARV; mineral water enteric viruses; HAdV; hEV; GARV; mineral water

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Rodrigues dos Santos, V.; Rigotto, C.; Staggemeier, R.; Vecchia, A.D.; Henzel, A.; Spilki, F.R. Preliminary Evaluation of Enteric Viruses in Bottled Mineral Water Commercialized in Brazil. Beverages 2015, 1, 140-148.

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