Diversity of Bacterial Communities of Fitness Center Surfaces in a U.S. Metropolitan Area

  title={Diversity of Bacterial Communities of Fitness Center Surfaces in a U.S. Metropolitan Area},
  author={Nabanita Mukherjee and Scot E. Dowd and Andy Wise and Sapna Kedia and Varun Vohra and Pratik Banerjee},
  journal={International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health},
  pages={12544 - 12561}
Public fitness centers and exercise facilities have been implicated as possible sources for transmitting community-acquired bacterial infections. However, the overall diversity of the bacterial community residing on the surfaces in these indoor environments is still unknown. In this study, we investigated the overall bacterial ecology of selected fitness centers in a metropolitan area (Memphis, TN, USA) utilizing culture-independent pyrosequencing of the 16S rRNA genes. Samples were collected… 

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