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Urinary tract infections, bacterial resistance and immunological status: a cross sectional study in pregnant and non-pregnant women at Mbouda Ad-Lucem Hospital

Loveline M Ndmason, Wiliane JT Marbou, Victor Kuete


Background: Urinary tract infections (UTI) are frequently encountered medical complications of pregnancy.

Objective: This study was aimed at analyzing the bacterial resistance in urogenital tract as well as the immunological profile amongst pregnant and non-pregnant women at Mbouda Ad-Lucem Hospital, Western Region of Cameroon.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out from December 2015 to May 2016 at Mbouda Ad-Lucem hospital on 104 pregnant women and 24 non-pregnant women. The midstream urine from participants was analysed for the presence, isolation and identification of the uro-pathogens, using selective and specific bacterial culture media. An antibiotic susceptibility tests was carried out using disk diffusion method. Blood samples were collected for C-reactive protein (CRP) dosage, CD4 and CD8 lymphocytes count.

Results: Out of 128 participants in this study, a high prevalence of uro-pathogens and resistance strains was observed. The most prevalent urinary tract pathogens were Staphylococcus sp. with 45% and 38.89% respectively in pregnant and non-pregnant women. Staphylococcus sp. showed resistance to Amoxicillin (AMO; 55.56%) and Chloramphenicol (CHL; 100%) respectively in pregnant and non-pregnant women. Pregnant women had a significantly high average of granulocytes (p=0.009), monocytes (P=0.001), high ratio of CD4/CD8 (p< 0.0001) and significantly low CD8 lymphocytes (p< 0.0001) average compared to non-pregnant women.

Conclusion: This study outlines high prevalence of Staphylococcus sp as the main urinary tract infectious pathogen in women at Mbouda Ad-Lucem hospital. It prevalence was accompanied with resistance to the routine antibiotics treatment, and a pro- nounced lymphocytosis and monocytosis.

Keywords: Antibiotic resistance; bacterial profile; immunological status; Mbouda; multidrug-resistance; pregnancy.
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