RT seminested PCR was used to detect enterovirus and hepatitis A virus RNA in polluted surface water in a Caribbean island. Similar results were obtained from samples with or without PEG concentrations: viral RNA being detected in about 60% of river samples. No correlation was found with bacterial contamination, but some inhibitors may have been present. PCR would seem to be a good tool for monitoring surface water pollution.
Use of RT seminested PCR to assess viral contamination in Caribbean rivers (Martinique)
F. Le Guyader, D. Menard, M. Pommepuy, H. Kopecka; Use of RT seminested PCR to assess viral contamination in Caribbean rivers (Martinique). Water Sci Technol 1 March 1995; 31 (5-6): 391–394. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.1995.0646
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