USGS - science for a changing world

Environmental Health - Toxic Substances

Investigations - Contaminants of Emerging Concern in the Environment

Source Characterization Study

Bacterial, viral and protozoan pathogens are generally understood to occur in fecal material from a variety of human and animal sources. However, little is known about the relative abundance of bacterial pathogens in various types of source materials and particularly the occurrence of high-priority, antibiotic-resistant pathogens such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus and vancomycin-resistant enterococci. This project is examining a variety of source materials for these bacteria and for selected genes indicating acquisition and transfer of antimicrobial resistance.

Available Publications

Study currently in progress.

More Information

  • Project contact: Sheridan Haack.

USGS Home Water Land Resources Science Systems Ecosystems Energy and Minerals Environmental Health Hazards

Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices

USA.gov logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
URL: toxics.usgs.gov/investigations/cec/source_characterization2.html
Page Contact Information:
Page Last Modified: Friday, 17-Jun-2016 14:21:52 EDT