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Antibiotic-resistant staphylococci from the wastewater treatment plant and grey-water samples in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Journal of Water & Health  (IF1.744),  Pub Date : 2020-12-01, DOI: 10.2166/wh.2020.019
Tomiwa Olumide Adesoji, Beverly Egyir, Adebayo Osagie Shittu

This study examined the occurrence and molecular basis for antibiotic-resistant staphylococci from the wastewater treatment plant and grey-water samples in Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. Standard microbiological techniques and molecular methods were utilized. The species identified (MALDI score >1.7) comprised S. saprophyticus (19), S. cohnii (8), S. sciuri (7), S. aureus (4), S. epidermidis (3), S. warneri (2), S. equorum (1), S. haemolyticus (1), S. nepalensis (1), S. condimenti (1), and S. pasteuri (1). Resistance to trimethoprim, tetracycline and cefoxitin were observed in 78.3% (47/60), 36.7% (22/60) and 25% (15/60) of the isolates, respectively. The rate of multidrug resistance was 53.3% (32/60) and observed in eight species from different sampling sites. Seven (S. sciuri; n = 5; S. aureus; n = 1; S. warneri; n = 1) of the 20 selected (representing the various staphylococcal species and antibiotypes) isolates were mecA-positive. Furthermore, the tetK gene was detected in nine isolates, six with dfrA, and four were positive for the dfrG gene. One S. aureus was mecA, tetK and dfrG gene positive. The study provides insights on antibiotic-resistant staphylococci from a non-clinical setting and highlights the need for active surveillance to understand the burden of antimicrobial resistance in Nigeria. This is key to improve synergy across the human, animal and environmental health sectors in Nigeria.