ISSN: 0973-7510

E-ISSN: 2581-690X

Research Article | Open Access
Rana Mohammad Abd-ulnabi, Zuhair G. Alshaheen and
Rafeef A. Abdul-jabbar
Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, College of Pharmacy, University of Basra, Iraq.
J Pure Appl Microbiol. 2020;14(3):1863-1870 | Article Number: 6454 | © The Author(s). 2020
Received: 19/06/2020 | Accepted: 10/09/2020 | Published: 18/09/2020

The mobile phones come to be an important device all people use it for communication and phones can be contaminated with bacterial isolates. this study tries to do a little investigation about kinds and percent of pathogenic bacteria and the detection of some antibiotic resistance one and difference between that found in the healthcare worker’s mobile phone and peoples who work out of that field. Samples collection were done using mobile phones belongs to healthcare workers and Basra University employments. Swabs were cultured on different media then the suspected colonies were identified by recognizing the morphology of colonies, staining with Gram’s stain then tested with biochemical tests. Our study shows bacterial isolates in all the screened mobile phone, The highest proportions were recorded by Bacillus spp (66%) and Pseudomonas spp (56%) while the lowest proportions were Staphylococcus aureus (8%) and Candida spp (12%). And there was a significant difference in the kinds and percent of bacterial isolates between the healthcare workers and employments mobile phones, besides the appearance of Cefotaxime and Cefatizoxime resistance Proteus sp. and Trimethoprim + Sulfamethoxazole resistance Klebsiella spp. also the intermediate susceptibility to the different antibiotic was shown in all isolates. All the mobile phones can be contaminated by various kinds of bacteria some of these were resistant to some antibiotics and there was a significant difference in the percent and kinds of bacterial isolates between the health care worker and people who work out of this field.


Mobile phone, healthcare workers, antibiotic susceptibility, pathogenic bacteria

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