Antibiotic Resistance Patterns of Escherichia Coli Isolates from Human, Pet, Livestock and Poultry Living in Close Contact

Shittu B. O., Nwagboniwe A. C., George O. O.


Antibiotic resistance patterns of Escherichia coli in human, pet, livestock and poultry living in close contact was carried out. A total of 130 fecal samples were obtained from human and animals.  Out of 124 isolates with characteristics E. coli morphology obtained on Eosin methylene blue (EMB) agar, only forty (32.3%) isolates were identified as E. coli.  Of all the E. coli isolates, 100% resistance to cotrimozaxole was obtained from cattle, poultry and goats while human, sheep and dog showed 92.3%, 81.8% and 58.3% resistance respectively.  Isolates from dog showed no resistance to gentamicin, amoxicillin and augmentin, but exhibited more than 58.3% resistance to other antibiotics. Isolates from cattle, poultry, sheep and goats were generally resistant to all the antibiotics tested with percentage resistance ranging from 14.29% (augmentin) to 100% (cotrimozaxole).  Notable is the increasing resistance of both the human and animal isolates to some antibiotics that are considered highly effective against resistant E. coli such as ofloxacin (31.8%), nalidixic acid (50.0%) and nitrofurantoin (76.1%).


Antibiotics resistance, Escherichia coli, livestock, poultry, close contact.

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