Keywords : Cross contamination
A STUDY OF BACTERIOLOGICAL PROFILE OF CURRENCIES UNDER CIRCULATION AMONG HOSPITAL WORKERS.
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2021, Volume 8, Issue 3, Pages 972-978
Background: Microbial contamination of currency notes may act as fomites in the transmission of pathogenic organisms in the community. Aims & Objectives: The present study was done to isolate and identify bacterial pathogens from currency notes among hospital workers Materials & Methods: A sterile cotton swab soaked in sterile normal saline rubbed thoroughly on both surfaces of currency notes were inoculated on blood agar and Mac Conkeys agar and incubated aerobically at 37ºC for 24 hrs .Isolates were identified by standard biochemical methods. Results & Discussion: A total of 50 currency notes were included .72% notes showed polymicrobial contamination. Gram negative bacilli was the common isolate obtained followed by gram positive cocci. The most common gram negative isolate was Klebsiella spp (25.64%).The predominant gram positive cocci isolated was staphylococcus epidermidis (19.23%) Conclusion: Education on proper money handling practices should be done in order to raise awareness among health care workers to prevent the transmission of drug resistant nosocomial pathogens in the community.This study recommends safe hand hygiene practices after handling currency notes as contamination of currency notes poses risk of infection