Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in a University Teaching Hospital in Southern Nigeria: Prevalence, Uropathogens, and Antibiotic Susceptibility

  • Imaobong O. Inwang
  • Augustine V. Umoh
  • Aniekan M. Abasiattai
  • Ifeanyi A. Onwuezobe
Keywords: Asymptomatic bacteriuria, infection of the urinary tract, Southern Nigeria, Uyo


Background: Asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB) has been documented as the main risk factor for the development of symptomatic urinary tract infection in pregnancy and is associated with maternal and fetal complications. Objective: To determine the ASB prevalence, the causative microorganisms, their drug sensitivity patterns, and the factors associated with its occurrence in pregnant women in the Uyo, Nigeria.

Methodology: Three hundred and twenty women were recruited during their first antenatal visit over a period of 13 weeks. A midstream urine specimen was obtained from each patient, cultured, isolates identified and antimicrobial sensitivity done. Data were analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences version 20. 

Results: The ASB prevalence was 9.1% with the two commonest identified isolates being Escherichia coli (41.4%) and Klebsiella pneumoniae (24.1%). Imipenem(100.0%) and gentamycin (37.9%) were the two most sensitive drugs. The association between respondents’ educational level and the occurrence of ASB was significant statistically.

Conclusion: The prevalence of ASB was relatively high among the respondents. This, therefore, emphasizes the need for routine  screening  of our antenatal female population for ASB in all our health facilities.


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eISSN: 2667-0526
print ISSN: 1115-2613