Lake Risk Assessment for Cryptosporidium and other Human Enteric Pathogens in Lough Arrow, Counties Sligo and Roscommon

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Lough Arrow, Co. Sligo is a small freshwater limestone lake (12.5 km2), which has been characterized as 1a (at risk) in the lake water impact assessment for the water framework directive (WFD). This waterbody is utilized for a number of public and private drinking water schemes and is also a premier trout fishery. The main pollution pressures in this catchment are two wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), septic tanks and livestock farming; all of which are recognised risk factors for Cryptosporidium and Giardia. This research project sampled six lake sites utilising zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) and native duck mussels (Anodonta) as biomonitors to determine the presence and viability of Cryptosporidium oocysts, Giardia cysts and three species of pathogenic microsporidia in Lough Arrow. Lake water, treated drinking water and sewage final effluent were also tested for the presence of these enteropathogens. Combined fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and immunofluorescent antibody (IFA) were utilized as biomolecular techniques to assess the presence and concentration of these pathogens. PCR analysis provided source-tracking information on human or animal pollution sources.

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Frances Lucy
IT Sligo
Lecturer
Ash Lane, ., Sligo, Co Sligo, Ireland
Telephone: 071 915 5355
e-mail: lucy.frances@itsligo.ie

Michelle Connolly
IT Sligo
Lecturer
Ash Lane, ., Sligo, Co Sligo, Ireland
Telephone: + 353 (0)71 91 55222
e-mail: info@itsligo.ie

Thaddeus K. Graczyk
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Associate Professor
., 21205, Maryland, Baltimore, United States of America
Telephone: 001 - (410) 614-4984
e-mail: tgraczyk@jhsph.edu

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Author(s)Lucy, F. Connolly, M. Graczyk, K.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationLake Risk Assessment for Cryptosporidium and other Human Enteric Pathogens in Lough Arrow, Counties Sligo and Roscommon
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
Electronic Address or URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/resource?id=5ce6e34b-7ce2-102d-b891-8d8f2407b579
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SAFER-Data Display URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/iso19115/display?isoID=158
Resource KeywordsLake Risk Cryptosporidium Enteric Pathogens Sligo Roscommon
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2008-SS-64
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeEnvironment and Health
Resource Availability: Any User Can Download Files From This Resource
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Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 1
Project Start Date Tuesday 1st January 2008 (01-01-2008)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Wednesday 31st December 2008 (31-12-2008)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Wednesday 31st December 2008 (31-12-2008)
Published on SAFERTuesday 9th March 2010 (09-03-2010)
Date of Last EditTuesday 9th March 2010 at 15:37:02 (09-03-2010)
Datasets or Files Updated On Tuesday 9th March 2010 at 15:37:02 (09-03-2010)

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