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Bacterial contamination of Vhuswa--a local weaning food and stored drinking-water in impoverished households in the Venda region of South Africa.
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PMID:  16117367     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Bacterial contaminants of Vhuswa--a traditional maize-based weaning food, and domestic drinking-water stored in impoverished rural households in Venda of Limpopo province, South Africa, were determined. One hundred and twenty-five samples of Vhuswa fed to children aged less than five years were assessed for Escherichia coli, Campylobacter jejuni, Salmonella, and Shigella. The microbiological quality of 125 drinking-water samples was also evaluated using total coliforms, faecal coliforms, and faecal streptococci as indicators. The frequency of isolation of E. coli, Salmonella, Shigella, and C. jejuni from the Vhuswa samples was 70%, 5%, 5%, and 2% respectively. The geometric mean counts of total coliforms, faecal coliforms, and faecal streptococci in tap-water stored in household containers ranged from 4.9x10(2) to 5.8x10(3) cfu 100 mL(-1), 2.6x10(2) to 3.7x10(3) cfu 100 mL(-1), and 3.1x10(3) to 5.8x10(3) cfu 100 mL(-1) respectively, and for stored spring water it was 5.1x10(3) cfu 100 mL(-1), 3.2x10(3) cfu 100 mL(-1), and 5.1x10(3) cfu 100 mL(-1) respectively. The frequent contamination of water and food samples in this study has important implications for the health of children from impoverished communities.
Natasha Potgieter; Chikwelu Larry Obi; Pascal Obong Bessong; Eunice Obiajulu Igumbor; Amidou Samie; Rose Nengobela
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of health, population, and nutrition     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1606-0997     ISO Abbreviation:  J Health Popul Nutr     Publication Date:  2005 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-08-24     Completed Date:  2005-09-13     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100959228     Medline TA:  J Health Popul Nutr     Country:  Bangladesh    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  150-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Microbiology, University of Venda for Science and Technology, PMB X5050, Thohoyandou, 0950, South Africa.
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MeSH Terms
Bacteria / isolation & purification*
Child, Preschool
Colony Count, Microbial
Food Contamination / analysis*
Food Microbiology*
Infant Food / microbiology*
Infant, Newborn
Rural Health
South Africa / epidemiology
Water Microbiology*

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