Levels of Yeast Mold andPseudomonas spp.in Antalya Beaches

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Abstract

TUGRAL-ICEMER, G and TOPALOGLU, A., 2011. Levels of Yeast Mold and Pseudomonas spp. in Antalya Beaches. In: Micallef, A. (ed.), MCRR3-2010 Conference Proceedings, Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue, No. 61, pp. 452-457. Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy, ISSN 0749-0208.

The risk of illness has increased due to humans that affect coastal site quality and contaminated areas, such as knee-deep sand, wave zone and dry sand. Most of the risk is caused by pathogen bacteria. In the present study, microbiological indicators (yeast, molds and Pseudomonas spp.) are monitored to assess microbiological beach quality in central Antalya. The beach sands showed great differences in bacterial colonization during June and July. At stations on Konyaalti beach, the highest concentrations of yeast, molds and Pseudomonas spp. were found both in the seawater and sand zones. Children in particular those of the age group 1 to 5 years, are exposed to considerable pathogen risk. Therefore, yeast, molds and Pseudomonas spp. should be analyzed both at the wave zone and in sand, because these zones are areas of recreational activity for bathers and children. It is also important, in terms of public health protection, to include Pseudomonas spp., yeast and molds in the beach sand indicators at swimming and recreational areas, especially in city centers and frequently used beaches.

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