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Online Journal of Veterinary Research


Volume 24(8): 483-489, 2020.

Bacteria isolated from medical staff mobile phones in a Manchester (UK) hospital.


Dunya Talib Al-Rawdhan


Department of Biology, College of Science, University of Wasit, Iraq. Work done at The University Hospital of South Manchester United Kingdom.




Al-Rawdhan DT., Bacteria isolated from medical staff mobile phones in a Manchester UK hospital, Onl J Vet Res., 24(8): 483-489, 2020. Author reports bacteria isolated from mobile phones of hospital staff and factors that could lead to contamination. Mobile phones of 37 health care staff of The University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM) UK were swabbed and cultured by disk diffusion for extended spectrum beta lactamase bacteria (ESBL), Staphylococcus saprophyticus and methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). S. saprophyticus was resistant to novobiocin and S. aureus to cefoxitin. All samples were contaminated of which 28% had 1 isolate, 54% had 2 and 16% had 3 isolates. The bacteria were normal skin flora but 25% were coagulase negative staphylococci and 18% methicillin sensitive staphylococcus aureus. This survey suggests that in this case, mobile phones could be a reservoir and vehicle for transmission of MRSA between healthcare workers and patients. Frequent antiseptic cleaning of mobile phones could reduce infections in hospitals.


KEY-WORDS; Mobile phones, gram positive bacteria, hospital staff.