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Asymptomatic bacteriuria and sensitivity patterns among under-five year old children

OA Ayodele
AA Okolo
OU Chima
UB Ezeonwu


Background: Asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB) has been recognized to be common among under-fives, and its presence may be a pointer to an underlying urinary tract abnormality.

Objectives: The study aims to determine the prevalence of asymptomatic bacteriuria and the sensitivity patterns of pathogens among under-five children in Oshimili south LGA of Delta state, Nigeria.

Methods: This was a cross-sectional study involving 255 under-5 children selected via a two-stage cluster sampling. Urine was obtained by a clean catch method from these apparently healthy children for culture and sensitivity tests. 

Results: The prevalence of ASB in the study was 6.3%. Escherichia coli was the predominant organism isolated. The antibiotics sensitivity test revealed a high level of resistance

Conclusion: Asymptomatic bacteriuria was common among healthy looking under-five children. Sensitivity test is advised rather than relying on old empiric antibiotics.

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