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Research Journal of Microbiology
Year: 2007  |  Volume: 2  |  Issue: 10  |  Page No.: 782 - 786

Presence of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in Sachet Water Produced and Sold in the Eastern Nigeria

E. Nwachukwu and C.M. Emeruem    

Abstract: Sachet water samples produced locally were examined for quality and antibiotic resistant bacteria. The total viable counts and types of bacteria in the water samples were determined using standard bacteriological techniques. The number of organisms obtained from the water samples ranged from 1.2x101 to 3.0x102 cfu/100 mL. Bacterial isolates resistant to ampicillin were 80.4% while 77.2% were resistant to tetracycline and 23.7% were resistant to ofloxacillin. The presence of these antibiotic resistant organisms in drinking water is of public health importance and may be responsible for prolonged treatment of water borne diseases. Therefore proper diagnosis and appropriate administration of drugs will help in controlling the increase of antibiotic resistant bacteria. However, proper treatment of water before consumption is recommended.

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