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Published: 2018-12-23

Medical students carry more virulent microorganisms at their throat than that of patients' accompaniers

Department of Biology, Faculty of Education for Pure Science, Diyala University, Iraq.
Department of Biology, Faculty of Education for Pure Science, Diyala University, Iraq.
College of Biotechnology, Al-Nahrain University, Baghdad, Iraq.
Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Diyala University, Iraq.
Medical students, patients’ accompaniers, throat, normal flora, Baquba, Diyala, Iraq

Abstract

Background: Transition of medical students from a non-clinical to a clinical situation carries a considerable risk that needs further investigation. This study aims to detect and compare the throat bacterial colonization between medical students and patients' accompaniers in a tertiary hospital.

Methods: Across-sectional descriptive study was conducted at the outpatient clinics of the Baquba Teaching Hospital at the Faculty of Medicine, Diyala University, Iraq.  A total of 120 throat swabs collected from a sample of 70 medical students (fifth stage) and 50 volunteers as a control group who were selected conveniently during their outpatient visits over September 2018. Aerobic and anaerobic culture methods were recruited to investigate the samples following the standard microbiological procedures.

Results: Finding of this study indicate a high rate of bacterial throat colonization among medical students compared to the control group. Male gender showed high susceptibility for infection than females. The most common bacteria isolated among medical students were Staphylococcus aureus, and Escherichia coli 26 (37.1%), followed by Streptococcus pneumonia appeared in 23 samples (32.8%), Viridians streptococci 19 (27.1%), Acinetobacter spp.14 (20%), Enterobacter spp. 4 (5.7%), Candida spp. 3 (4.2%), Pseudomonas aeruginosa 2 (2.8%) respectively.

Conclusion: Our findings suggest that medical students may contribute significantly to the transmission and dissemination of nosocomial pathogens among patients and vice versa.



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Hassooni HR, Farhan AA, Jasim HM, Alhusseiny AH. Medical students carry more virulent microorganisms at their throat than that of patients’ accompaniers. jidhealth [Internet]. 2018 Dec. 23 [cited 2024 May 23];1(2):50-5. Available from: https://jidhealth.com/index.php/jidhealth/article/view/8