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The aim of this research was to determine drug sensitivity profiles of Staphylococcus species isolated from mobile phones of students in Microbiology and Biomedical Laboratory Sciences from UZIMA University, Kisumu (Kenya) and the University Colleges Leuven-Limburg, Leuven (Belgium), respectively. All mobile phones (16/16, 100%) had gram-positive bacteria. 3/8 (37.5%) mobile devices had Staphylococcus aureus. 2/3 (67%) Staphylococcus aureus strains were resistant to ampicillin, oxacillin, ceftazidime, vancomycin and amoxicillin. Guidelines for disinfection of mobile phones need to be developed urgently to stop transmission of resistant bacteria.


Clement Shiluli, Caroly Achok, Philip Nyaswa, Susan Ogwai, Arthur Aroko, James Obila, George Koigi, Mustafa Ridhwana, Bildad Okwayo, Dorcas Wanjiru, Linda Lukeba, Eline Ryckaert, Arne Van Durme, Verena Walschaerts, Vicky De Preter. Antimicrobial sensitivity patterns of Staphylococcus species isolated from mobile phones and implications in the health sector. BMC research notes. 2021 Jan 06;14(1):1

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PMID: 33407799

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