Volume 3, Issue 2, March 2015, Page: 29-35
Prevalence and Antibiotic Susceptibility Pattern of Streptococcus agalactiae Among Pregnant Women at Adigrat Zonal Hospital and Adigrat Health Center, Tigray, Ethiopia
Tsega Kahsay Gebremeskel, Adigrat University, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Bio Medical Science, Adigrat, Tigray, Ethiopia
Tamrat Abebe Zeleke, Addis Abeba University, College of Health Sciences, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
Adane Mihret, Addis Abeba University, College of Health Sciences, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
Mulugeta Desta Tikue, Adigrat Zonal Hospital, Gynecologist, Adigrat, Tigray, Ethiopia
Received: Feb. 6, 2015;       Accepted: Feb. 19, 2015;       Published: Mar. 2, 2015
DOI: 10.11648/j.jgo.20150302.13      View  2943      Downloads  250
Back ground: Streptococcus agalactiae or Lancefield group B Streptococci (GBS) is part of the microbiota of the mucous membranes of humans and animals, mainly colonizing the intestinal and genitourinary tracts. This study was undertaken to determine the carriage rate of S. agalactiae and to assess their antimicrobial susceptibility pattern. An attempt has been also made to identify the possible risk factors related with S. agalactiae colonization. Methods: Rectal and vaginal swabs were obtained from 150 pregnant women at 35-37 weeks of gestational period that attended antenatal clinic at Adigrat Zonal Hospital and Adigrat Health Center, Tigray, Ethiopia. Then the specimen was cultured on selective CHROMagarTMStrepB. In cases of positive cultures obtained, antibiotic susceptibility tests were carried out on all S. agalactiae isolates using the disc diffusion technique on Mueller-Hinton agar supplemented with 5% sheep blood. A univariate and multivariate binary logistic regression model was used to ascertain the association between the frequencies of colonization in relation to the different variables. Results: The prevalence of rectovaginal S. agalactiae colonization was (11.3%). Bacterial resistance was detected to erythromycin (11.8%) and clindamycin (17.6%). By multi variant logistic regression analysis, prolonged rupture of membrane was associated with a higher colonization rate of S. agalactiae (OR=5.864, 95% CI= 1.395 – 24.643, P-value= 0.016). Conclusion: The carriage rate of S. agalactiae among pregnant women in the present and a previous study in Gondar, remain low. The rates, risk factors of maternal GBS colonization may vary in different communities and need to be thoroughly evaluated in each country to allow the most appropriate preventive strategy to be selected.
Prevalence, S. agalactiae, Pregnancy, Colonization, Ethiopia
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Tsega Kahsay Gebremeskel, Tamrat Abebe Zeleke, Adane Mihret, Mulugeta Desta Tikue, Prevalence and Antibiotic Susceptibility Pattern of Streptococcus agalactiae Among Pregnant Women at Adigrat Zonal Hospital and Adigrat Health Center, Tigray, Ethiopia, Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Vol. 3, No. 2, 2015, pp. 29-35. doi: 10.11648/j.jgo.20150302.13
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