Detection of multiple potentially pathogenic bacteria in Matang mangrove estuaries, Malaysia

Ghadepour, Aziz and Mohd Nasori, Khairul Nazrin and Chew, Li Lee and Chong, Ving Ching and Thong, Kwai Lin and Chai, Lay Ching (2014) Detection of multiple potentially pathogenic bacteria in Matang mangrove estuaries, Malaysia. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 83 (1). pp. 324-330. ISSN 0025-326X, DOI

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The deltaic estuarine system of the Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve of Malaysia is a site where several human settlements and brackish water aquaculture have been established. Here, we evaluated the level of fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) and the presence of potentially pathogenic bacteria in the surface water and sediments. Higher levels of FIB were detected at downstream sampling sites from the fishing village, indicating it as a possible source of anthropogenic pollution to the estuary. Enterococci levels in the estuarine sediments were higher than in the surface water, while total coliforms and E. coli in the estuarine sediments were not detected in all samples. Also, various types of potentially pathogenic bacteria, including Klebsiella pneumoniae, Serratia marcescens and Enterobacter cloacae were isolated. The results indicate that the Matang estuarine system is contaminated with various types of potential human bacterial pathogens which might pose a health risk to the public.

Item Type: Article
Funders: University of Malaya: High Impact Research Grant UM.C/625/1/HIR/MOHE/SC/20 (UM.S/P/HIR/MOHE/24) and UMRG (RG054/11BIO)
Additional Information: Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science Building, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
Uncontrolled Keywords: CHROMagar Orientation; Enterobacteriaceae; Fecal indicators; Matang estuary; Potentially pathogenic bacteria
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions: Faculty of Science
Depositing User: Prof. Dr Kwai Lin Thong
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 02:05
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2019 02:46

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