Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology & Environmental Sciences Paper

Vol 21, Issue 3, 2019; Page No.(761-766)

STUDY OF PRESENCE OF RESISTANT BACTERIA IN THE WASTEWATER OF SOME HOSPITALS OF IMPHAL, MANIPUR, INDIA

ANJUNA MUTUM , SUSMITA GUPTA AND THINGUJAM ACHOUBA SINGH

Abstract

Healthcare liquid effluents are the store house of harmful infectious agents such as the pathogens and multiple drug resistant microorganisms. The major objective of this study is to determine the presence of multiple drug resistant bacteria in hospital waste waters. Study was conducted at the microbiology laboratory, Shija Hospital and Research Institute, Imphal, Manipur (India). Wastewater samples were collected from outlet pipes of 5 hospitals of Imphal. All isolates were tested for their sensitivity to antimicrobial agents by means of disc diffusion method. In the present study, a total of 60 bacterial strains were isolated from 5 different hospitals wastewater. All the isolates were identified by morphological and biochemical characteristics. All the isolates were further tested for their antibiotic susceptibility. Majority of isolates from wastewater were found to be resistant to multiple drugs/antibiotics. The results of this study may be beneficial to design environment-friendly protocols/techniques for the removal of antibiotics from wastewater to overcome the problem of antibiotic resistance development in the aquatic environment.

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