Participation of Regional Public Health Laboratory of Thessaly executives in the 5th Hellenic Conference of Public Health & Social Medicine Forum

During the 5th Hellenic Conference of Public Health & Social Medicine Forum that took place in Thessaloniki from 21–23 November 2014, executives from the Regional Laboratory of Public Health of Thessaly made the following presentations, either as announcements or e-posters:

 

  1. Comparative study of Enterolert method with the ISO 7899-2:2001 method for the detection and enumeration of Enterococci in potable water samples.

The comparative study of the Enterolert-DW Quanti-Tray method (method of multiple tubes) with the ISO 7899-2:2001 method (filtration method) has led to the conclusion that the former could be a new method for detecting and enumerating Enterococci in potable water samples in the microbiology laboratory.

 

  1. Laboratory results from the official inspection program for the security and quality of food by the Hellenic Food Authority, 2012–2014.

The results of microbiological analysis of food samples conducted in Regional Laboratory of Public Health of Thessaly in cooperation with the Hellenic Food Authority showed a very small percentage of positive samples for the parameters of Greek Legacy.

 

  1. Total and hexavalent chromium levels in potable water samples of the Kozani Peripheral Unit.

The study of the concentration levels of total and hexavalent chromium in potable water samples of the Kozani Peripheral Unit has shown that, in a large number of samples, the total chromium concentration is above the legal limit of 50 μg/L. The basic chromium component in these samples was the carcinogenic form Cr(VI). Special measures must be taken to ensure the quality of potable water, as the law requires.

 

  1. Study of the ground water quality from agricultural areas of East Thessaly

The study of ground water quality from agricultural areas of East Thessaly showed that nitrate concentrations were higher than the legal limit, in all samples. Most samples were polluted by toxic minerals such as arsenic, cadmium and chromium.

 

Summaries of the above presentations are available at:

http://www.globalevents.gr

 

Katsiaflaka Anna
Doctor Biopathologist, Msc in Public Health,
Technical Manager in Microbiological Sector,
Regional Public Health Laboratory of Thessaly