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Susceptibility of urinary tract bacteria to antibiotics in Cape Coast, Ghana.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1996
<mark>Journal</mark>East African Medical Journal
Issue number7
Number of pages3
Pages (from-to)468-70
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


A total of 857 urine specimens were received at the Cape Coast Central Hospital between 1993 and 1995 for microscopy, culture and sensitivity. Of these, 225 (26.2%) yielded significant bacterial growth. Twelve organisms were isolated with Escherichia coli, coliforms and Klebsiella species accounting for about 79% of all bacterial isolates. Over 76% of isolates were resistant to cotrimoxazole, ampicillin and tetracycline. However, over 81% were sensitive to cefuroxime, gentamicin, nalidixic acid and nitrofurantoin. Except for cefuroxime, the sensitivity of isolates to all antibiotics tested were generally lower in 1995 than in 1993. A decreasing trend in the antibiotic sensitivity of E. coli over the three-year period was observed.