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

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
Issues : 12 per year
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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): 2598-2606

Bacterial Contamination of the Mobile Phones of Health Professionals in a Hospital Unit in the State of Paraíba, Brazil
Kevison Romulo da Silva França1*, Jéssica de Sousa Pereira1, Cyntia Helena Pereira de Carvalho2, Rosália Severo de Medeiros2, Aline de Farias Diniz3 and Flavia Mota de FigueredoAlves2
1Post-graduate Program in Agroindustrial Systems, Federal University of Campina Grande, Pombal, Paraíba, Brazil
2Academic Unit of Biological Sciences, Federal University of Campina Grande, Patos, Paraíba, Brazil
3Microbiology Laboratory, Federal University of Campina Grande, Patos, Paraíba, Brazil Kevison Romulo da Silva França, Rua João Martins, 481, 58840-000, Pombal-PB, Brazil  
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The study was conducted with the objective of evaluating the presence of microorganisms associated with infections in mobile phones of health professionals at a hospital unit in the state of Paraíba, Brazil. A sterile swab moistened with sterile saline was rotated over the external surface of the phoneof 42 health professionals. The samples was inoculated on plates of Blood agar, MacConkey agar and nutriente agar that were incubated aerobically at 37º C for 24-48 hours. The identification of isolated microorganisms was performed by standard microbiological procedures based on the microscopic and macroscopic aspects, conventional biochemical tests. All samples collectedshowed bacterial contamination. Coagulase-negative Staphylococci (CONS) was the most frequent bacterial agent (55%). Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterobacter spp. and other agents were also isolated with variable frequencies. The high level of contamination indicates that the mobile device of these professionals may be serving as a reservoir and vehicle in the transmission of pathogenic agents both of hospital origin as community. To ensure that there is a reduction in the potential of the risks that these microorganisms can offer, it is necessary to the implementation of correct methods of disinfection of hands and own mobile phone.

Keywords: Bacterial phatogens, Cell phones, Cross infection, Fomites, Healthcare associated infections, Infection control

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Kevison Romulo da Silva França; Jéssica de Sousa Pereira; Cyntia Helena Pereira de Carvalho; Rosália Severo de Medeiros; Aline de Farias Diniz, Flavia Mota de FigueredoAlves 2018. Bacterial Contamination of the Mobile Phones of Health Professionals in a Hospital Unit in the State of Paraíba, Brazil.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 7(7): 2598-2606. doi:
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