Subscribe Now Subscribe Today
Science Alert
 
Blue
   
Curve Top
Journal of Applied Sciences
  Year: 2019 | Volume: 19 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 20-24
DOI: 10.3923/jas.2019.20.24
 
Facebook Twitter Digg Reddit Linkedin StumbleUpon E-mail

Prevalence of Bacterial Loads on some Fruits and Vegetables Sold in Kaduna Central Market, Northwestern Nigeria

Negbenebor Helen Ehimemen, Mairami Fatima Mukhtar and Nura Salisu

Abstract:
Background and Objective: Fruits and vegetables served as the major sources of plant proteins, vitamins and fibers that support human health. This study was conducted to assess the bacteriological quality of various fruits and vegetables sold in Kaduna central market, northern Nigeria. Materials and Methods: Samples of the fruits and vegetables were procured from the market and analyzed using serial dilution technique and inoculation was done on MacConkey and nutrient agar and incubated for 48 h. Results: The result obtained showed the presence of six bacterial species: Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus sp., Enterobacter sp., Escherichia coli, Citrobacter sp. and Klebsiella sp. Staphylococcus aureus was the most abundant (with 80% relative occurrence) while Streptococcus sp. was the least abundant (with 2% relative occurrence). Conclusion: It was concluded that 6 different bacterial species prevailed on the fruits and vegetables sold in Kaduna central market: The result therefore implied that people consuming these fruits and vegetables are at a higher risk of pneumonia and toxic shock syndrome due to Staphylococcal infection, strep throat, rheumatic fever, scalded skin syndrome, scarlet fever and puerperal fever due to S. aureus, gastrointestinal disorders due to E. coli and bronchopneumonia due to Klebsiella sp. There is therefore; the urgent need for orienting the general populace on the inherent dangers associated with consumption of these types of fruits and vegetables without thorough disinfection.
PDF Fulltext XML References Citation Report Citation
How to cite this article:

Negbenebor Helen Ehimemen, Mairami Fatima Mukhtar and Nura Salisu, 2019. Prevalence of Bacterial Loads on some Fruits and Vegetables Sold in Kaduna Central Market, Northwestern Nigeria. Journal of Applied Sciences, 19: 20-24.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2019.20.24

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jas.2019.20.24

COMMENT ON THIS PAPER
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Curve Bottom