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TITLE
Methods for the concentration and detection of adenoviruses and noroviruses in European bathing
waters with reference to the revision of the Bathing Water Directive 76/160/EEC
  virobathe_en.pdf (3.99 MB)
Document ID LIB208
Document type EC RTD Programmes projects / results
Issue date 01/01/2005
Document reference Virobathe
Original language of the document English
Document produced by EC-Research and Innovation DG organisation visiting card
Document requested by EC-Research and Innovation DG organisation visiting card
Scientific domains
Policy domains
  • Environment

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Short description 
The Bathing Water Directive (BWD –
76/160/EEC) governs the quality of EU
bathing waters. It is among the oldest
of EU Directives and is currently
under review. Advances in
technology provide an opportunity
for greatly improved detection of
waterborne micro-organisms and the
consequential reduction in potential
health risks (eg gastro-enteritis) for
recreation. For instance, molecular
DNA technology could be applied to
detect these agents and, hence,
improve the quality of European
bathing water.VIROBATHE will evaluate methods for detecting in water
noroviruses and adenoviruses – noroviruses are the cause of
'winter vomiting disease' and some adenoviruses are
associated with gastro-enteritis, particularly in young
children.
Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  VIROBATHE will evaluate methods for detecting in water
noroviruses and adenoviruses – noroviruses are the cause of
'winter vomiting disease' and some adenoviruses are
associated with gastro-enteritis, particularly in young
children. This project will:
Develop methods to detect these agents rapidly in
recreational marine and fresh waters
Test and validate these methods during a 20-week
surveillance ...

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