Microbial Contamination of Infant Diapers

Communication in Physical Sciences

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Title Microbial Contamination of Infant Diapers
Creator Eteyen A. Uko
Emem I. Ntekpere
Subject Microorganisms
bacterial isolates
fungal isolates
Description Communication in Physical Sciences, 2020, 6(1): 767-773
Authors: Eteyen A. Uko.,  Nkeneke E. Akpainyang., Emem I. Ntekpere., Imaobong T. Adenugba and Kate O. Effiong
Received 16 October 2020/Accepted 24 November 2020
This study investigated the microbial contamination of infant diapers. Five (5) different samples of infant diapers were used for this study. The results revealed that samples were contaminated by microorganisms. The highest bacterial count was recorded in sample 1 with a total bacterial count of 2.0 x 103 CFU/g, followed by sample 3 with a total bacterial count of 1.4 x 103 CFU/g. Sample 4 had a bacterial count of 1.3 x 103 CFU/g, sample 5 had a total bacterial count of 1.2 x 103  CFU/g while the least bacterial count was recorded in sample 2 with a total  bacterial count of 1.0 x 103 CFU/g. The bacterial genera identified and their percentage frequency of occurrence were Bacillus sp.(29%), Staphylococcus sp.(35%), Pseudomonas sp.(12 %), Streptococcus sp.(24 %),while ,E.coli and Proteus sp. had  26 %  percentage  frequency of occurrence each respectively. The fungal count ranged between 1.0  x 103   to 1.6 x 103 CFU/g.  The fungal isolates identified from this study and their percentage frequency of occurrence were Candida albicans (24 %), Penicillium sp.(19 %), Rhizopus sp.(10 %), Aspergillus sp.(14 %) and Mucor sp.(8 % ). Susceptibility results indicated that 95 % of that bacterial isolates were sensitive to Ciprofloxacin, Gentamycin, Levofloxacin, Oflaxacin, Ampicillin, Septrin, Ceprorex, Amoxil, Streptomycin, and Rifampicin. Five bacterial isolates were resistant to more than one class of antibiotics. E.coli. was resistant to Pefloxacin, Ceprorex, and Ampicillin. Pseudomonas sp. was resistant to  Pefloxacin and Gentamycin. Proteus sp. was resistant to Septrin and Pefloxacin while Bacillus sp was resistant to Amoxil, Rifampicin and Chloramphenicol. The presence of these microbial contaminants in diapers could be attributed to existing of microorganisms in the raw materials during processing and manufacturing, packaging, storage, handling  and transportation of this product. Hence, a routine microbial study is thus suggested
Publisher University Of Nigeria Nsukka
Date 2020-11-25
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Format application/pdf
Identifier https://journalcps.com/index.php/volumes/article/view/159
Source Communication in Physical Sciences; Vol. 6 No. 1 (2020): VOLUME 6(ISSUE 1)
Language eng
Relation https://journalcps.com/index.php/volumes/article/view/159/140
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