Mobility

A Study of Microbial Flora and MRSA Harboured by Mobile Phones of Health Care Personnel

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Executive Summary

Mobile phones are increasingly being used by health care workers in day today life. They come in contact with various surfaces while carrying out health care activities and are thus likely to get contaminated by variety of organisms. This paper was carried out to know the microbial flora harbored by mobile phones of health care personnel and to know the antibiotic resistance patterns of pathogenic bacteria. Mobile phones of health care personnel were swabbed and inoculated on enriched and selective media, incubated for 24 hours and a variety of biochemical tests were carried out to know the bacterial and fungal species. Antibiotic sensitivity tests were done for pathogenic bacteria using Kirby Bauer disc diffusion method.

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