Isolation and Identification of Bacterial Pathogens from Mobile Phones of Volunteered Technologists in Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State
- *Corresponding Author:
- Ibrahim TA
Department of Food Science and Technology, Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, P.M.B 1019, Owo, Ondo State. Nigeria
Received date: 10/10/2013; Accepted date: 16/12/2013
The bacterial density of mobile phones of volunteered technologies in the Food Science Department of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo was examined using standard bacteriological methods. A total of 174 colonies belonging to 10 genera were isolated from the mobile phones. The isolated genera were Staphylococcus sp(12(24.14), Klebsiella sp(23(13.22%), Enterococcus sp (08(4.59%). Bacillus sp(14(8.05%), Acinetobacter sp(13(7.47%), Corynebacterium sp(10(5.75%), Pseudomonas sp(24(13.79%), Proteus sp (13(7.47%), Serratia sp(10(5.75%) and E.coli (17(9.75%) when their morphological, gram staining and biochemical characteristics were compared with known taxa. This study showed that all mobile phones under consideration were infected by several microbes, most of which belong to the natural flora of the human body. This means that it is necessary to sterilize hands after contact with phones since it is a source of disease transmission.