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Identification and Characterization of Bacteria Air Pathogens from Homes in Zaria Metropolis

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Author Abe Ayotunde S, Inuwa Bashir, Abbas Habibu, Sule Aliyu M., Mohammed Hauwa A., Gero Mohammed.
On Pages 443-446
Volume No. 2
Issue No. 7
Issue Date July, 2012
Publishing Date July, 2012
Keywords Air pathogens, resistant, respiratory tract, inhabitants, metropolis.


This research title, identification and characterization of bacteria air pathogens was carried out in some strategic houses cutting across five zones in Zaria metropolis with the view to isolate and identify bacteria pathogens present in the air that could constitutes health risk to the inhabitants of these houses. A total of thirty five samples were collected during the cause of this study out of which seven samples were collected from each of the five zones (Hanwa, Samaru, Zango, Zaria City and Kwangila). A total of six bacterial pathogens comprising of Salmonella spp, Shigella spp, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella spp, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Bacillus subtilis was isolated. Escherichia coli had the highest percentage of occurrences of 29.2% followed by Salmonella spp (20.8%). Shigella spp had 16.7% while Klebsiella spp and Pseudomonas aeruginosa had 12.5% each and the least was Bacillus subtilis (8.3%). Considering the fact that some of the isolated pathogenic bacteria are associated with gastrointestinal tract infection (Salmonella spp, Shigella spp, Escherichia coli, and Bacillus subtilis) which could be through ingestion of food or water contaminated by these pathogens and also respiratory tract infection (Klebsiella spp and Pseudomonas aeruginosa) constitute a great concern to health practitioners in developing countries because these are bacteria pathogens that are mostly resistant to the commonly available antibiotics used in the treatment of infection associated with these pathogens.

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