Bacteriological Assessment of Palms of Students of Delta State University, Abraka

Jemikalajah D. J.1, Enwa F. O.2,* and Etaoghene A. D.2

1Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria
2Department of Pharmaceutical Microbiology & Biotechnology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria

*Corresponding Author: felixenwa@delsu.edu.ng

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 Vol. 5 No. 1  | March 2021 | Pages 234 – 239

https://doi.org/10.36263/nijest.2021.01.0276   |   Cite this article

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The bacteriological assessment of palms of students of Delta state University Abraka, was undertaken. A total of hundred samples were collected using a sterile swab sticks. Streak plate method was used and also biochemical test carried out following standard procedures. Results showed growth on ninety-three (93) cultured plates (93%). Bacteria isolates identified were Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Proteus sp., Streptococcus sp, Bacillus sp., Salmonella sp. and Klebsiella. Staphylococcus aureus had the highest prevalence of 41% while, Salmonella sp (1%) was the least prevalent. Results also showed that female students had a higher incidence of bacterial load (58%) compared to the male students (42%), There is therefore a need to create awareness among students on good hand hygiene practices since the hand is a major reservoir of pathogenic organisms.

Keywords: Bacteria, Palms, hygiene, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Abraka

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Jemikalajah D. J., Enwa F. O. and Etaoghene A. D. 2021. Bacteriological Assessment of Palms of Students of Delta State University, Abraka. Nigerian Journal of Environmental Sciences and Technology, 5(1), pp. 234-239. https://doi.org/10.36263/nijest.2021.01.0276


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