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Volume 50, Number 5, October 2017

Bacterial contamination of water samples in Gabon, 2013 

Jonas Ehrhardt, Abraham S. Alabi, Peter G. Kremsner, Wolfgang Rabsch, Karsten Becker, Francis Tsombeng Foguim, Thorsten Kuczius, Meral Esen, Frieder Schaumburg


Corresponding author:

Frieden Schaumburg, Corresponding author. Institute of Medical Microbiology, University Hospital Münster, Domagkstrasse 10, 48149 Münster, Germany. 


Background and purpose: 

Contamination of water is a major burden in the public health setting of developing countries. We therefore assessed the quality of water samples in Gabon in 2013. The main findings were a contamination rate with coliforms of 13.5% and the detection of a possible environmental reservoir for extended spectrum beta-lactamase-producing bacteria. 


Key words:

Africa, contamination, extended spectrum beta-lactamase, Salmonella, water