INCIDENCE OF INTESTINAL PATHOGENS AMONG HEALTHY FOODSTUFF WORKERS IN BABYLON PROVINCE

Abstract

Out of the total seven hundred and seventy six ( 776 ) food handlers were examined by direct examination and of intestinal bacterial pathogens were isolated by stool culture the results show the total intestinal pathogens were 238 ( 30.66%) ,150( 19.32%) of them were bacterial pathogens while the remaining 88( 11.34 %) were intestinal parasites.The main genus among bacterial pathogens was Salmonella 64( 42. 6%) while Giardia lamblia was dominant among intestinal parasites and recoded 44 (5.86 %) food handlers infected with this parasites . The results of this study show the total mixed infection in food handlers was 3.47 % ,0.25 % of them showed double parasites , 1.28 % of them had more than one type of bacteria and 1.93 % had a bacterial and parasitic infection . The high significant difference was reported in the percentage of infection according to the prevalence in August . Bacterial isolations from food handlers were tested for their sensitivity to antibiotics and the results showed a multi resistance to more than three antibiotics in bacterial strain with various percentages.