Nasal microflora of adult waste pickers of Iligan City, Philippines

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Nasal microflora of adult waste pickers of Iligan City, Philippines

Ermee Gild S. Calumba, Lucilyn L. Maratas
Int. J. Biosci.13( 5), 34-39, November 2018.
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The indigenous nasal microbiome plays an important role in human health and disease. To have a baseline data on the bacterial microflora of individuals who are persistently exposed to unsegregated wastes, 33 waste pickers of Iligan City was recruited to be part of the study. Increased nasal bacterial colonization rates were seen from dry to wet season (~106 CFU/swab to >300 CFU/swab). Eight different genera of bacteria were then presumptively identified with Staphylococcus aureus (37 isolates) and Corynebacterium (15) as the predominant bacterial strains. Lactobacillus (14 isolates), Bacillus (11), Micrococcus (5) and Mycobacterium (4) were not typical nasal microbiota that was detected.


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