mark_fuller at qmgate.anl.gov
Tue Apr 23 16:53:28 EST 1996
Sharron Lytwyn <Sharron_Lytwyn at mindlink.bc.ca> wrote:
>This bacteria has been found to be present in our well water -- the lab
>has stated that it is pathogenic and that we should have the system
>flushed and sanitized. I have looked really hard for details on the
>effects of this bacteria on us and our 4 dogs but have not found much.
>It is a gram positive bacteria (high G + C strain). This doesn't mean
>much to me -- does it mean something to someone out there?
Yes, Micrococcus can be pathogenic, but I'd sooner think the person who
sampled the well was sloppy (I hope it wasn't you :) ). Micrococcus are
among the most widespread airborne contaminants they're everywhere
just blowing around. As far as disease causing, they would be
opportunistic, ie., affecting an already sick person or immune
suppressed person. I'd have the water check again. The lab the did the
testing may be dusty and the Micrococcus may be from them, not your
water. Also, beware if they have a vested interest ($$$) in you
deciding to flush your system.
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