Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 1 No. 2

Species of Bacteria Associated with Skin Diseases of Different Occupational Groups in Plateau State, Nigeria.

O. Ogaraku and J.C. Onovo

Department of Biological Sciences, Nasarawa State University, P.M.B. 1022, Keffi, Nasarawa State, Nigeria.

Received on 11 May 2007 and accepted on 24 July 2007

 

ABSTRACT

An investigation was carried out on the species of bacteria associated with skin diseases of different occupation groups in Plateau State, Nigeria. These occupational groups included students, housewives, primary school pupils, civil servants and businessmen. A total of thirty patients suffering from different skin diseases were examined. Out of which in twenty-four patients, bacteria isolates were recovered. Students, house wives, primary school pupils, civil servants and businessmen accounted for 16.67%, 37.5%, 33.33%, 8.33% and 4.17% of the skin diseases respectively. The skin diseases investigated included impetigo, ringworms, burns, dermatitis and boil. The bacteria isolates included Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, Yersinia pestis, Klebsiella pyogenes (Group A) is associated with some skin diseases like cellulites, erysipelas and occasionally impetigo.

Keywords : Bacteria, Skin diseases, Occupational groups, Nigeria.