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Impact of Xynthia Tempest on Viral Contamination of Shellfish
- Grodzki, Marco, Ollivier, Joanna, Le Saux, Jean-Claude, Piquet, Jean-Côme, Noyer, Mathilde, Le Guyader, Françoise S.
- Applied and environmental microbiology 2012 v.78 no.9 pp. 3508-3511
- disasters, farms, hurricanes, mussels, oysters, sewage treatment, shellfish, wind
- Viral contamination in oyster and mussel samples was evaluated after a massive storm with hurricane wind named "Xynthia tempest" destroyed a number of sewage treatment plants in an area harboring many shellfish farms. Although up to 90% of samples were found to be contaminated 2 days after the disaster, detected viral concentrations were low. A 1-month follow-up showed a rapid decrease in the number of positive samples, even for norovirus.