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Abstract - Prevalence of Salmonella in finger swabs and nail cuts of hotel workers
Steffi Pulikodan Francis, Prabhu Nagarajan, Akhilesh Upgade

Prevalence of Salmonella in finger swabs and nail cuts of hotel workers

Steffi Pulikodan Francis., Prabhu Nagarajan, Akhilesh Upgade

Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology, Department of Microbiology, Centre for Research & Development, PRIST University Thanjavur 613 403, Tamilnadu, India

ABSTRACT

Objectives: Salmonella infections are usually acquired via the food chain as a result of the ability of Salmonella serovars to colonize and persist within the gastrointestinal tract of their host. Proper hygiene and enforcement of public health is the key to prevent Salmonella disease. This study was aimed to assess the finger swabs and nail cuts of hotel workers bacteriologically.

Materials and methods: In total various samples were collected from 40 hotel workers and processed to detect the Salmonella carrier. The finger swabs and nail cuts of hotel workers were collected and assessed bacteriologically for salmonella strains.

Results: A total of 35 finger swabs were bacteriologically assessed. Among 35 swabs 27 are male and eight are females. After conformation 23 samples (65.7%) showed positive to Salmonella. Also from a battery of 38 samples from nail cuts 30 (79.0%) showed positive to Salmonella.

Conclusion: The lack of public sanitary facilities can be another hurdle to keep the desirable hands hygiene of the vendors. In our study it is reported that severity of the current scenario among the hotel worker hygiene and they are the unknowingly playing role in spread of diseases like Salmonellosis. J Microbiol Infect Dis 2012; 2(1): 1-4

Key words: Salmonella, hotel workers, nail cuts and finger swabs

Volume 02, Number 01 (2012)