Antibiotic susceptibility patterns of Staphylococcus aureus isolated from pregnant women with urinary tract infections

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Ehsan F. Hussein
Haider Qassim Raheem


antibiotics; pregnant women; Staphylococcus aureus; urinary tract infection.


Introduction: Pregnancy-related urinary tract infections (UTIs) are prevalent in pregnant women, and these infections vary from lower to upper UTIs. Staphylococcus aureus is a gram-positive, cocci grape-shaped, naturally occurring bacterium that can cause infections, which are increasingly seen among pregnant ladies. Adverse effects of UTI treatment in both pregnant mother and the embryo represent the biggest challenge.
Methods: We analyzed 189 urine samples collected from pregnant women who had UTIs. These samples were used to isolate and identify S. aureus. The disc diffusion method was used to test the action of antibiotics against these bacteria.
Results: The number and percent of S. aureus isolates were equal to 27 and 14.286%, respectively. The susceptibility pattern of antibiotics against these bacteria showed 100% activity for nitrofurantoin, amikacin, and imipenem, 96.296% for chloramphenicol and vancomycin, and no activity (0%) for erythromycin and ceftazidime.

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