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Microbial Evaluation of Njaba River and its Effect on Body Weight of Rats Following Consumption

1Nwachukwu M. I; *2Duru M.K.C; 3Odika P. C; and 4Udujih G.O

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


The microbial evaluation of Njaba River and its effect on body weight following consumption was investigated using rats. Water samples were drawn from tributary, confluence, upstream and downstream points of the river and evaluated. Bacteria isolated and identified using morphological characteristics revealed microbial species such as Chromobacteria species, Bacillus species, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus species, Staphylococcus epidermides, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella species, Vibrio cholera, Salmonella species, and Shigella species in the water samples. Prevalence of the bacterial isolates followed the order downstream > upstream > confluence > tributary. Water from Njaba River also affected body weight of test rats significantly (p < 0.05) against the control following consumption. This study has revealed the microbial evaluation of Njaba River and its effect on body weight of rats following consumption.

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