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Bacterial Contamination of Personal Mobile Phones in Iraq

Husam Sabah Auhim

Journal Title:Journal of Chemical, Biological and physical sciences
Abstract


The high prevalence of bacterial agents isolated from mobile phones was attributed to the poor hygienic and sanitary practices. In general the rate of bacterial contamination of personal mobile phones was 82.5%, in personal mobile phones for male the rate of bacterial contamination was 85% while in personal mobile phones for female was 80%. Generally the microorganisms isolated and their percentage frequency of occurrence were Staphylococcus aureus (45%), Staphylococcus epidermidis (27.5%) Bacillus spp. (52.5%) and Esherichia coli (12.5%), in personal mobile phones for male the microorganisms isolated and their percentage frequency of occurrence were Staphylococcus aureus (50%), Staphylococcus epidermidis (25%), Bacillus spp. (50%) and Esherichia coli (25%), while in personal mobile phones for female were Staphylococcus aureus (40%), Staphylococcus epidermidis (30%), Bacillus spp. (55%) Esherichia coli (0.0 %). the result showed that there was no significant difference (P < 0.05) in the microorganisms isolated and their percentage frequency of occurrence between personal mobile phones for male and female. The research findings indicate that staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus spp. are the main bacterial isolates frequently associated with personal mobile phones.

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