Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences
School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Vol. 23, No. 5, 2016, pp. 65-71
Bioline Code: mj16064
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 23, No. 5, 2016, pp. 65-71
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Prevalence of Escherichia Coli O157:H7 and Enterobacteriaceae on Hands of Workers in Halal Cattle Abattoirs in Peninsular Malaysia|
Shamsul, Bahri Mohd Tamrin; Adamu, Muhammad Tukur; Mohd Desa, Mohd Nasir & Khairani-Bejo, Siti
Background: Several occupational diseases of multiple origins are encountered among
abattoir workers. Presence of indicator microorganisms (coliforms) on hands of workers can be
used a gauge for hygienic practices.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was performed to assess the prevalence of E.coli
and enterobacteriaceae among Halal abattoir workers in some government halal abattoirs of
Malaysia. A total of one hundred and sixty-five hand swab samples were collected from workers
of Halal abattoirs in Malaysia. The samples were subjected to microbiological analysis for
characterisation and serotyping.
Results: The results have shown that no Escherichia coli O157:H7 was isolated on
the hands of abattoir workers before and after work. However, a total prevalence of 9.7% was
recorded for all samples during work. For non-O157:H7, total prevalence of 33.3% during work
and 13% after work were obtained. High prevalence was recorded in sample taken during work
from Tampin, Jasin and Kemaman (100% each) while low prevalence where observed in Shah
Alam, Banting and Ipoh (20% each).
Conclusions: Based on the findings the hygienic practices of hand washing among the
workers in few locations was found to be low especially after work.
Escherichia coli O157:H7; occupational safety; foodborne disease; zoonoses; public health; prevalence
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