Annals of African Medicine

RESEARCH ARTICLE
Year
: 2007  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 76--79

Aeromonas- related diarrhoea in Nasarawa, Nigeria


YT Kandakai-Olukemi1, JD Mawak2, MA Olukemi3, SO Ojumah1 
1 Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria
2 Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria
3 Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology, University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Y T Kandakai-Olukemi
P. M. B. 2084, Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Jos, P. M. B. 2084, Jos
Nigeria

Background : Two hundred and fifty volunteer patients attending 5 major hospitals in Nasarawa town, Nasarawa State, Nigeria were involved in this study to determine the prevalence of Aeromonas spp in persons with diarrhoea. The study population consisted of 133 males and 117 females between the ages of 0-70 years. Methods : Stool samples (148 diarrhoeal and 102 non-diarrhoeal) were analysed for the presence of Aeromonas spp. using standard bacteriological methods. The isolates were also subjected to antimicrobial susceptibility testing using the disc diffusion method. Results : Four (1.60%) of the 250 stool samples were positive for Aeromonas spp. Three (2.03%) of the isolates were recovered from diarrhoeal specimens and 1 (0.98%) from non-diarrhoeal (control) samples. The difference was statistically significant (P<0.05). The highest numbers of isolates 3 (3.66%) were recovered from age group 0-10 years while age group 61-70 years yielded 1 (14.29%). All isolates were found to be Aeromonas hydrophilia. The isolates were all sensitive to tetracycline, gentamicin, chloramphenicol, cotrimoxazole and streptomycin but resistant to penicillin and ampicillin. Other enteropathogens isolated were Shigella spp 5 (2.0%) and Salmonella spp 2(0.8%). Conclusion : This study has shown that a small percentage of gastroenteritis can be attributed to Aeromonas hydrophilia.


How to cite this article:
Kandakai-Olukemi Y T, Mawak J D, Olukemi M A, Ojumah S O. Aeromonas- related diarrhoea in Nasarawa, Nigeria.Ann Afr Med 2007;6:76-79


How to cite this URL:
Kandakai-Olukemi Y T, Mawak J D, Olukemi M A, Ojumah S O. Aeromonas- related diarrhoea in Nasarawa, Nigeria. Ann Afr Med [serial online] 2007 [cited 2020 Sep 29 ];6:76-79
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