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The results of the present study showed variability in resistance of FC bacteria isolated from beach sand and sea water against tested antibiotics. Enteric bacteria were the most resistant to clindamycin and penicillin while the most sensitive to ciprofloxacin, gentamycin, neomycin, rifampicin and streptomycin. Fecal coliform bacteria inhabiting sand were more resistant to nearly all tested antibiotics compared to bacteria isolated from sea water. The majority of bacteria inhabiting sea water and sand of the studied beach were resistant to only 1-4 antibiotics out of the 12 antibiotics tested. Fecal coliform bacteria isolated from Ustka beach were the most resistant to β-lactam and lincosamide antibiotics, while the most susceptible to aminoglycosides.
Key words: Baltic Sea, beach, fecal coliform, antibiotic resistance