The presence of Legionella spp. in cooling tower water was investigated by using the polymerase chain reaction. Total Legionella spp. detection was performed with 20-mer 5S rRNA complementary DNA sequence primers, and specific Legionella pneumophila detection was performed with 20-mer and then 21-mer macrophage infectivity potentiator gene sequence primers. Of 27 cooling tower water samples, 25 were positive for Legionella spp., and 14 of these contained L. pneumophila.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Food Science
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology