albican at my-deja.com albican at my-deja.com
Mon Jun 7 05:51:08 EST 1999

maggiecttr at aol.com (Maggiecttr) wrote:
> The results of a recent urine broth test showed no infectious
bacteria, "only
> coliform." What's that mean? Where'd coliform come from? I washed
well with
> Dial soap before the specimen was taken

In this case coliforms would come from your feces.  It is often
difficult to collect a “sterile” urine sample, especially when the
person doing it has little to no experience.  It probably did not come
from your hands if you washed them well, but did come from the point
where the urine was collected.
Biologist masquerading as a Microbiologist

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