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FECAL COLIFORM BACTERIA
What are they?
Why test for them?
If fecal coliform counts are high in a surface water, a person swimming in that water has a greater chance of getting sick from swallowing the water, or from pathogens entering the body through cuts in the skin, nose, mouth or ears. Diseases such as typhoid fever, hepatitis, gastroenteritis, dysentery, and ear infections can be contracted from waters with a high fecal-coliform count.
Where do they come from?
How can we prevent them from entering our surface waters?
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