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- Urmia Lake (Northwest Iran): a brief review

Ghaheri and Baghal-Vayjooee [12] in their summary review of Urmia Lake referred to bacteriological tests conducted on lake sediments and concluded that there are no bacteria in the lake that are pathogenic to humans. These authors did mention the presence of non-pathogenic bacteria, detected using dead Artemia remains. In previous studies performed by [67] two pathogenic bacteria, Clostridium perfringens and Streptococcus faecalis were detected in Urmia Lake. It seems that these bacteria exist mainly in those areas at which rivers enter into the lake and appear to have origins from agricultural runoff and possibly sewage systems.

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