Global Advanced Research Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences (GARJMMS) ISSN: 2315-5159
November 2015 Vol. 4(11), pp. 505-508
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Staphylococcus aureus Nasal Carriage Among  Health Care Workers in Basra

Hanadi A. Jasim

Department of Microbiology, College of medicine, Basrah University, Iraq


Accepted 03 November, 2015


Staphylococci nasal carriage is one of the important sources  for nosocomial infection  among hospital personnel. This study aims to determine the prevalence of nasal carriers for Staph. aureus and coagulase negative Staphylococci (CONS) in health care workers in Basra. Out of 100 samples (50 from health care workers, 50 from control group) 32% revealed Staphylocccus aureus while CONS detected in 67%. Health care workers revealed both Staph. aureus (44%) and CONS (64%). The prevalence of Staph. aureus differed depend on age groups and genders of workers. The results shows Staph. aureus nasal carriage was higher in age group >40. Besides that the health care workers of operating theaters seem to carry this bacteria much more (14%) than the others who works in different hospitals words. In conclusion, the prevalence of  Staph. aureus  is much more  in the hospital staff of healthcare workers compared to control group. So those staff can be the source of Staph. aureus and Methicillin Resistance Staph. aureus MRSA as well as transmission of the resistance

Keywords: Staphylococcus aureus, Nasal Carriage, Health Care Workers, Basra


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