Bacterial pathogens isolated from cockroaches trapped from paediatric wards in peninsular Malaysia

Pakeer Oothuman, John Jeffery, Abdul Hamid A Aziz, Edariah Abu Bakar, M. Jegathesan

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    A survey was conducted in 4 paediatric wards in Malaysia to determine the distribution of various species of cockroaches and to examine their gut contents for bacteria. Cockroaches were trapped from food dispensing areas (kitchens), store rooms, cupboards and open wards. 104 cockroaches were caught, consisting of Periplaneta americana (67·3%), Blattella germanica (26%), P. brunnea (4·8%), and Supella longipalpa (1·9%). Bacteria were isolated from all cockroaches except 3 P. americana. Many bacterial species were identified, including the pathogenic and potentially pathogenic species Shigella boydii, S. dysenteriae, Salmonella typhimurium, Klebseilla oxytoca, K. ozaena and Serratia marcescens.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)133-135
    Number of pages3
    JournalTransactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
    Volume83
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1989

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    Malaysia
    Pediatrics
    Periplaneta
    Shigella boydii
    Atrophic Rhinitis
    Bacteria
    Serratia marcescens
    Salmonella typhimurium
    Food

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    Bacterial pathogens isolated from cockroaches trapped from paediatric wards in peninsular Malaysia. / Oothuman, Pakeer; Jeffery, John; Aziz, Abdul Hamid A; Bakar, Edariah Abu; Jegathesan, M.

    In: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Vol. 83, No. 1, 1989, p. 133-135.

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    Oothuman, Pakeer ; Jeffery, John ; Aziz, Abdul Hamid A ; Bakar, Edariah Abu ; Jegathesan, M. / Bacterial pathogens isolated from cockroaches trapped from paediatric wards in peninsular Malaysia. In: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 1989 ; Vol. 83, No. 1. pp. 133-135.
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