Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 2 No. 1

Identification and Characterization of Staphylococcus hyicus Isolated from Bacterial Biofilms on urinary Catheters

Mohammed A. Ibrahim¹* and Mohanad M. Al-Obaidi²

¹Royal Scientific Society, Amman, Jordan. ²College of Medicine, University of Baghdad, Iraq.

Received on 06 February 2008 and accepted on 19 March 2008



Staphylococcus hyicus which is an important animal pathogen, was recovered from urinary catheter of patients undergoing long-term bladder catheterization. The antibiotic sensitivity tests results showed that the isolates were susceptible to ciprofloxacin, cephalothecin, amikacin, gentamicin and ampicillin, but they were resistant to streptomycin, erythromycin and nalidexic acid. The isolates showed variable adherent capabilities to uroepithelial cells. The plasmid profile of the isolates gave two to three bands. The plasmid curing experiments indicated possible correlation between plasmid contents of Staph. hyicus and its adhering ability to uroepithelial cells.

Keywords : Staphylococcus hyicus, antibiotic resistance, urinary catheter, plasmid, adherence.