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Isolation and identification of the microorganisms most prevalent in external eye infections as seen in an eye clinic in Owerri

E Esenwah

Abstract


Infections of the external eye account for a significant percentage of ocular inflammations, some of which lead to visual losses as result of corneal involvement. This study purely isolated and identified the microorganisms most prevalent in external eye infections in Owerri urban (as seen Mercy Eye clinic). With the aid of sterile swabsticks, specimenswere collected from the lidmargins, conjunctiva and corneal surfaces, as the casemaybe, from infected eyes and streaked immediatelyon bloodandMacConkey plates for culture and analysis. The laboratory results revealed staphylococcus species 23.8%, Escherichia coli, 15.5%and admixture of bothmicroorganisms, 60.7%.



http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/jnoa.v12i1.64449
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