INCIDENCE AND ANTIMICROBIAL SUSCEPTIBILITY OF SALMONELLA IN SLUM CHILDREN OF DHAKA CITY, BANGLADESHM. FIROZ AHMED1 AND SABITA REZWANA RAHMAN
The burden of typhoid fever caused by Salmonella typhi in children of shanty town is not well recognized in Bangladesh. However, without such data successful disease control program cannot be achieved. This study investigated on the prevalence of Salmonella spp. in shanty town children of Dhaka city and investigated the extent of antimicrobial resistance of the isolates. Blood sample was collected from the suspected subjects prior to isolation of blood borne Salmonella spp.. Out of the 100 blood samples examined, bacterial growth was found in 57% samples and Salmonella typhi was present in 61% of the positive cases. The highest distribution of the pathogen was found within the age group of 5<10 years. A higher level of antibiotic resistance was noted for the Salmonella isolates and 77% of them were found to be multidrug resistant. However, the isolates were sensitive to some less commonly used drugs like amikacin, netilmicin etc.. This study suggests regular monitoring of the prevalence and drug resistance of typhoid bacilli among slum community so that the knowledge can act as reference for proper treatment of Salmonella related diseases.
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