Prevalence of microorganisms in decorative water fountains in Kuching

Muhammad Rifai, bin Ishak and Lim, Vivian Kim Yien and Muhammad Hafiz, Bin Yaacob and Sim, Li Sian (2011) Prevalence of microorganisms in decorative water fountains in Kuching. [Final Year Project Report] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Microorganisms are ubiquitous. Even decorative water fountains have the potential to harbour pathogens. As diseases can be transmitted via water medium, some of these pathogens in decorative water fountain may cause severe diseases to humans. This research was conducted to determine the presence of microorganisms in decorative water fountains in Kuching. There were 14 water samples obtained from different locations in Kuching, either indoor or outdoor. Water samples collection and direct inoculation method were employed to elucidate the presence of microorganisms. BBL Crystal Identification System was used for further identification of types of microorganism present. The results indicated that II out of 14 (78.6%) of the water samples were contaminated with microorganisms. 3 out of the 11 polluted samples (27.2%) contained pathogenic bacteria. This suggest that most of the water fountain in Kuching are polluted but those that contain pathogenic bacteria are much less. The results indicated presence of gram negative bacteria in all of the } I contaminated water samples. Preliminary screening identified the presence of Klebsiella pneumoniae, Klebsiella oxytoca and Vibrio cholerae, but rescreening showed negative results. It can be concluded that decorative water fountains in Kuching are contaminated with microorganisms, which may cause health hazard to the community .

Item Type: Final Year Project Report
Additional Information: Project Report (B.Sc.) -- Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, 2011.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bacteriology, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, undergraduate, Microbiology, Popular works, Microorganisms, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QR Microbiology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Gani
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2019 06:33
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2019 06:33
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/27609

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