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CONTAMINATION OF CURRENCY NOTES WITH ENTERIC BACTERIAL PATHOGENS

Aung Mayo Han, KHIN NWE OO, PHYU PHYU WIN, AUNG MYO HAN and TIN AYE
Journal of Diarrhoeal Diseases Research
Vol. 7, No. 3/4 (September & December 1989), pp. 92-94
Published by: icddr,b
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23498060
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Abstract

To determine the degree of faecal contamination of currency notes, samples of the notes that were in circulation in a local market in Rangoon were collected and examined bacteriologically to count the number of the total bacteria and faecal coliforms (TC, FC) using standard methods. TC and FC ranged from 0 to 2.9x107/sq cm of currency notes and the isolation rates of pathogens increased during the hot wet season. Enteric pathogens, such as enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli, Vibrio, and Salmonella were isolated from paper-money samples obtained from butchers and fish mongers. The study suggests that currency notes may carry enteric pathogens.

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