Biofilms in Nature and the Consequences to Health

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Chapter: Pharmaceutical Microbiology : Microbial Biofilms: Consequences For Health

Bacteria exist often as multispecies biofilms in nature, which may allow pathogens to survive in nature away from their natural host where they may serve as a nidus for reinfection.



BIOFILMS IN NATURE AND THE CONSEQUENCES TO HEALTH

 

Bacteria exist often as multispecies biofilms in nature, which may allow pathogens to survive in nature away from their natural host where they may serve as a nidus for reinfection. Examples of this are enteric organisms that form biofilms in drinking water pipes or in wells. Following an original contamination event, biofilms allow for sustainability of these populations, which then serve to shed further organisms into potable water supplies, even after the apparent clearance of the original contamination event. Contamination of our groundwater sources pose concerns for the future of our potable water supplies; this threat is accentuated by the stability that biofilms of these contaminants bring into the equation.

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