Shishir Gokhale

  • Research Article
    Are Houseflies Still Important Vector of Gastrointestinal Infections?
    Author(s): Ruchee Manandhar and Shishir GokhaleRuchee Manandhar and Shishir Gokhale

    The housefly, Musca domestica, is a common widely distributed insect. This study aims at assessing the role of houseflies as a vector for transmission of bacteria. In this study 100 houseflies were collected and examined. Seventy five percent flies carried no bacteria, 20% carried coliform bacteria, while five percent flies carried more than one type of bacteria. Thirty two isolates (E. coli 25%, Citrobacter spp. 18.75%, Klebsiella pneumoniae 15.63%, Enterococcus spp. 12.5%, Staphylococcus aureus 12.5%, Coagulase negative staphylococcus 12.5% and Proteus mirabilis 3.12%) were recovered. Classical enteric pathogenic bacteria like Salmonella, Shigella and Vibrio were not isolated from any fly. There is no human open field defecation but a number of cattle, poultry farms and agriculture land where animal manure is used is present within the flying range of the houseflies. Since, the coli.. View More»
    DOI: 10.4172/2155-9597.1000318

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