The incidence of Shigella and Salmonella in the stool of pediatric patients

  • Khalidah K. Abbas Department of Microbiology, College of Medicine, Baghdad University, Baghdad, Iraq
  • Wifaq M. Ali AL-Wattar Unit of Clinical and Communicable Diseases, College of Medicine, Baghdad University, Baghdad, Iraq
  • Saad Hasan Unit of Clinical and Communicable Diseases, College of Medicine, Baghdad University, Baghdad, Iraq
  • Huda Kasim Unit of Clinical and Communicable Diseases, College of Medicine, Baghdad University, Baghdad, Iraq
  • Atika A. Jasim Unit of Clinical and Communicable Diseases, College of Medicine, Baghdad University, Baghdad, Iraq

Abstract

Objective: Gastroenteritis is a common illness in the pediatric age group, the causes could be viral, bacterial and fungal. This study was focused on bacterial pathogens like Shigella and Salmonella.Methods: About 1399 stool samples were collected in a period between January 2010 and May 2011 at the child welfare hospital, all the samples were cultured on suitable culture media and then biochemical activities were tested using API-E 20 and sugar fermentation tests, the isolates were sent for sensitivity test with a group of antibiotics.Results: Out of 1399 cases 50 cases only showed a positive growth for Shigella and Salmonella as pathological microorganisms.Conclusion: The incidence of Shigella and Salmonella was considered low when compared to other causes of gastroenteritis among children as enteropathogenic Escherichia coli or viral causes.
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2017-12-22
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ABBAS, Khalidah K. et al. The incidence of Shigella and Salmonella in the stool of pediatric patients. Iraqi Journal of Public Health, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 3, dec. 2017. ISSN 2521-7267. Available at: <http://www.jocms.org/index.php/ijph/article/view/295>. Date accessed: 16 oct. 2018.
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