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Microbial evaluation and public health implications of urine as alternative therapy in clinical pediatric cases: health implication of urine therapy

A Ogunshe
A Fawole
V Ajayi


BACKGROUND: Cultural means of pediatric treatment during ill health is a mainstay in Africa, and though
urine has been known to contain enteric pathogens, urine therapy is still culturally applicable in some health conditions and also advocated as alternative therapy. The study therefore, is to evaluate the microbial contents and safety of urine. METHODS: Urinary bacteria from cows and healthy children aged 5-11 years were identified by conventional phenotypic methods and antimicrobial susceptibility testing was performed using modified agar disc and well-diffusion methods. RESULTS: A total of 116 bacterial isolates (n = 77 children; n = 39 cows) were identified as Bacillus (10.4%; 5.1%)), Staphylococcus (2.6%; 2.6%), Citrobacter (3.9%; 12.8%), Escherichia coli (36.4%; 23.1%), Klebsiella (7.8%; 12.8%), Proteus (18.2%; 23.1%), Pseudomonas (9.1%; 2.6%), Salmonella (3.9%; 5.1%) and Shigella (7.8%; 12.8%) spp. Antibiotic
resistance rates of the Gram-positive bacteria were high (50.0-100%), except in Bacillus strains against chloramphenicol, gentamicin and tetracycline (14.3%), while higher resistance rates were recorded among
the Gram-negative bacteria except in Citrobacter (0.0%) and Proteus (8.5%) spp. against gentamicin and
tetracycline respectively. The Gram-negative bacteria from ito malu (cow urine) were more resistant
bacteria except in Citrobacter (20.0%) and Shigella spp. (0.0%) against tetracycline and Proteus spp.
(11.1%), (22.2%) against amoxicillin and tetracycline respectively. Multiple antibiotic resistance (MAR)
rates recorded in children urinal bacterial species were 37.5-100% (Gram-positive) and 12.5-100% (Gramnegative), while MAR among the cow urinal bacteria was 12.5-75.0% (Gram-positive) and 25.0-100%
(Gram-negative). Similar higher resistance rates were also recorded among the Gram-negative bacterial species from urine specimens against the paediatric antibiotic suspensions. CONCLUSION: The study reported presence of multiple antibiotic-resistant indicator bacteria in human urine and ito malu used as alternative remedy in pediatric health conditions like febrile convulsion

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