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Presence of virulent strains of amphizoic amoebae in swimming pools of thecity of Szczecin.

 
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Department of Biology and Medical Parasitology, Pomeranian Medical University,Powstancow Wlkp. 72, 70-111 Szczecin, Poland. kuzgryg@sci.pam.szczecin.pl
Ann Agric Environ Med 2004;11(2):233–236
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The studies included 10 public indoor swimming pools and 3 public open-airswimming pools located in the city of Szczecin. In 2003, water samples were collected for detection ofvirulent amphizoic amoebae strains. In all pools, 16 strains of thermophilic Acanthamoeba spp. were isolated,5 of which proved virulent for mice. No pathogenic strains were detected in the water sampled in theindoor swimming pools, and the virulent strains, AD 16, AD 148, AD 166, AM 17, and AM 148, were foundonly in the open-air swimming pools. The post-mortem studies of mice that had been inoculated with thesestrains revealed the amoebae invasions in brain, lungs, liver, kidneys, and spleen.
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