High Occurrence of Staphylococcus aureus Isolated from Fitness Equipment from Selected Gymnasiums

Lesley, Maurice Bilung and Ahmad Syatir, Tahar and Rosdi, Kira and Aina Ariffah, Mohd Rozali and Kasing, Apun (2018) High Occurrence of Staphylococcus aureus Isolated from Fitness Equipment from Selected Gymnasiums. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2018. pp. 1-5. ISSN 1687-9813

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Introduction. Staphylococcus aureus is a leading cause of cutaneous bacterial infection involving community. Methods. In this study, a total of 42 swab samples were collected from the surface of various fitness equipment such as back machines, exercise mats, dip stations, dumbbells, and treadmills. Identification of the bacterial isolates was conducted using biochemical tests and further analysed molecularly using the PCR method targeting nuc gene (270bp). The nuc gene encodes for the thermos nuclease enzyme, a virulent factor of S. aureus. Results. The findings showed 31 out of 42 swab samples (73.81%) were positive with S. aureus. Conclusion. This study showed that gymnasium equipment is a potential reservoir for S. aureus and might play an important role in transmitting the pathogen to humans. Objective.This study was under taken to assess the presence of S.aureuson the surface of fitness equipment from selected gymnasiums in Kuching and Kota Samarahan, Sarawak (Malaysia).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: gymnasium equipment, Staphylococcus aureus, bacterial isolates, biochemical tests, PCR method, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QR Microbiology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Depositing User: Gani
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2018 07:42
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2023 02:22
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/21692

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