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Journal of the Selva Andina Research Society

Print version ISSN 2072-9294On-line version ISSN 2072-9308


GEA-IZQUIERDO, Enrique  and  LOZA-MURGUIA, Manuel. Water quality and Health: Biofilms and Legionella. J. Selva Andina Res. Soc. [online]. 2012, vol.3, n.2, pp.45-51. ISSN 2072-9294.

This paper discusses the drinking water quality and its relation to Public Health. It introduces the concept of biofilm formation under stood from the perspective of biological contamination. In particular, attends to Legionella spp., ecological niches and related legionnaires’ disease. It also develops the evolution of biofilms, their influence on water quality, treatment and control. Finally, shows the relationship between certain microorganisms included in aquatic biofilms, the substrate where they develop and method of prevention.

Keywords : Water quality; health; biofilms; Legionella.

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