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A bacteriological test for water quality, using simple culture methods to test for contamination with coliform organisms and other common bacterial contaminants that can cause fecal-oral communicable diseases. A high coliform count is a suspicious sign of the presence of other pathogens, including viruses such as hepatitis A, transmitted by the fecal-oral route.

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