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Occupational exposure to Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococcus spp. among spray irrigation workers using reclaimed water.

Authors
Rosenberg Goldstein-RE; Micallef-SA; Gibbs-SG; He-X; George-A; Sapkota-A; Joseph-SW; Sapkota-AR
Source
Int J Environ Res Public Health 2014 Apr; 11(4):4340-4355
NIOSHTIC No.
20045362
Abstract
As reclaimed water use expands, it is important to evaluate potential occupational health risks from exposure to this alternative water source. We compared odds of colonization with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), methicillin-susceptible S. aureus (MSSA), vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), and vancomycin-susceptible enterococci (VSE) between spray irrigation workers using reclaimed water and office worker controls. Nasal and dermal swabs from 19 spray irrigation workers and 24 office worker controls were collected and analyzed for MRSA, MSSA, VRE, and VSE. Isolates were confirmed using standard biochemical tests and polymerase chain reaction assays. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing was performed by Sensititre® microbroth dilution. Data were analyzed by two-sample proportion, chi-square, Fisher's exact tests, and logistic regression. No MRSA or VRE were detected in any samples. MSSA was detected in 26% and 29% of spray irrigators and controls, respectively. VSE was detected in 11% and 0% of spray irrigation workers and controls, respectively. The adjusted odds of MSSA, multidrug-resistant MSSA, and either MSSA or VSE colonization were greater among spray irrigation workers, however results were not statistically significant. Future studies with larger sample sizes are needed to further evaluate this relationship.
Keywords
Microbiology; Genetics; Bacteria; Proteins; Toxins; Pharmacology; Infectious-diseases; Waste-treatment; Water-purification; Water-sampling; Bacteria; Toxins; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Workers; Work-environment; Humans; Men; Women; Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Age-groups; Skin-exposure; Pharmacology; Antibacterial-agents
Contact
A.R. Sapkota, University of Maryland School of Public Health, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, 2234P SPH Building, College Park, MD 20742
CODEN
IJERGQ
Publication Date
20140401
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
ars@umd.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R03-OH-009598; M112014
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1660-4601
Source Name
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
State
MD
Performing Organization
University of Maryland College Park Campus
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