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December 1, 1900

BACTERIOLOGIC EXAMINATION OF AIR AND WATER IN THE CENTER OF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(22):1415. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460480035007
Abstract

Minervini1 examined the number of bacteria in the air and in the water of the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. As expected, the air was found much purer than that of the continent, the number of bacteria being relatively smaller. Not rarely the air was free from bacteria. The bacterial flora was found to contain fewer varieties than are usually present in the air inland; in none of the experiments were any of the usual pathologic forms discovered; and, commonly; fungi are more numerous than bacteria. The number of bacteria in the air of the ocean varies with the atmospheric conditions and it becomes smaller after rains. The rain-water is also relatively poorer in bacteria, the fungi predominating. Out in the ocean, the sea-water contains less bacteria than near the shore, but the condition is not materially different from that usually observed a few miles from land. In sea-water

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