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Journal of Applied Sciences
  Year: 2007 | Volume: 7 | Issue: 22 | Page No.: 3580-3583
DOI: 10.3923/jas.2007.3580.3583
 
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Public Health Implication of Artificial Finger Nails Used by Health Workers and Food Handlers in Port Harcourt, Nigeria

C.K. Wachukwu, S.D. Abbey, A.O. Ollor and N.L. Obilor

Abstract:
This study was undertaken to determine if artificial fingernails could contribute or serve as vehicles for transmission of food poisoning and nosocomial pathogens. Three hundred and fifty apparently healthy individuals were used. Of this number, 150 subjects were health care workers, while 200 subjects were unprofessional food handlers. Both groups were randomly selected for this study. Their artificial fingernails were swabbed and examined microbiologically by culturing them on different media. Oral interviews were also used to assess the social and educational status of subjects. Four genera of bacteria were isolated and identified, such as Staphylococcus sp., Escherichia coli, Proteus sp. and Pseudomonas sp. Among the organism identified, Staph aureus (41.7%) was predominant and frequently occurring, followed by E. coli (7.4%). From this study, it could be deduced that artificial fingernails could serve as means for transmission of pathogens to foods and causing nosocomial infections on patients. Hence, use of artificial or overgrown fingernails should be discouraged to avoid disease epidemics.
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C.K. Wachukwu, S.D. Abbey, A.O. Ollor and N.L. Obilor, 2007. Public Health Implication of Artificial Finger Nails Used by Health Workers and Food Handlers in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Journal of Applied Sciences, 7: 3580-3583.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2007.3580.3583

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jas.2007.3580.3583

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