alexa Prevalence of Salmonella, Shigella and intestinal parasites in food handlers in Irbid, Jordan.


Journal of Antivirals & Antiretrovirals

Author(s): alLahham AB, AbuSaud M, Shehabi AA

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Abstract During a one-year period, 283 food handlers in Irbid, Jordan were investigated for the presence of potential enteropathogens in their stools. The prevalence rate of enteropathogens among non-Jordanian food handlers (48.0\%) was significantly higher (p less than 0.05) than that of the Jordanian group (12.3\%). The isolation rates of Salmonella and Shigella were 6\% and 1.4\% respectively. Multi-drug resistance was frequent among isolates of Salmonella group B and Shigella spp. Intestinal parasites detected in the stools of food handlers included Ascaris lumbricoides (4.9\%), Giardia lamblia (3.9\%), Schistosoma mansoni, (2.8\%), hookworms 2.5\%, Hymenolyepis nana (1.8\%), Trichuris trichiura (1.1\%), Entamoeba histolytica (0.7\%), and Taenia saginata (0.4\%). This study emphasises the importance of food handlers, particularly the non-Jordanians, in Jordan, as potential source of food-borne infection.
This article was published in J Diarrhoeal Dis Res and referenced in Journal of Antivirals & Antiretrovirals

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