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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 7, Issue:7, July, 2018

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
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Editor-in-chief: Dr.M.Prakash
Index Copernicus ICV 2018: 95.39
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2018.7(7): 193-204

Spectrum of Public Health Significant and Antibiotic Resistant Microorganisms Isolated from Mobile Phones of Meat and Fish Handlers of Tripura, India
Seuli Saha Roy*
Department of Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology, College of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, R. K. Nagar, West Tripura - 799008.Tripura, India
*Corresponding author

Mobile phone is an extensively used precious integral part of our daily life, increasingly assuming the status of sources of pathogenic organisms for disease transmission. During the present study 150 swab samples were collected from mobile phones of chicken, pork, chevon, fresh and processed fish handlers, and street food venders of Tripura for isolation, identification of public health significant bacteria and its antibiogram. Out of 150 swab sample examined 97.33% and 40% mobile phones were found contaminated with pathogenic bacteria and fungi, respectively. 80% of processed fish handlers mobile phones were highly contaminated with fungi. Mobile phone of pork and processed fish handlers were showed highest and lowest total viable count, respectively. Staphylococcus spp., MRSA, Bacillus cereus, E. coli, Klebsiella spp and Proteus spp. were frequently isolated from all mobile phone users. Among all mobile phone users highest percentage of Staphylococcus spp. (48%) Staphylococcus aureus (32%), Klebsiella spp (20%), Proteus spp. (24%); Bacillus cereus (56%), E. coli (32%), were isolated from the chicken, pork, meat and fish handlers. 23.68% MRSA isolated from the all selected groups of mobile phone handlers. All the isolates were resistant to Amoxycillin, Ampicillin and Oxytetracycline. The present study emphasized that the mobile phones acts as fomites for spreading of pathogenic microbes for disease transmission.

Keywords: Mobile phone, Contamination, Handlers, Public health, Antibiogram, Resistance

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Seuli Saha Roy. 2018. Spectrum of Public Health Significant and Antibiotic Resistant Microorganisms Isolated from Mobile Phones of Meat and Fish Handlers of Tripura, India.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 7(7): 193-204. doi:
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