High Antimicrobial-Resistance Rates of Escherichia coil from Urine Specimens in Tripoli, Libya

Original article


Ghenghesh K.S. 1, Altomi A.S. 1, Gashout S. 2, and Abouhagar B. 3

1-Dept. of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Al-Fateh University 2-Centre of Burn and Plastic Surgary,Tripoli-Libya 3-EI-Khadra Hospital, Tripoli-Libya

Garyounis Medical Journal Vol.20, No.1. 2003: 89-93.


Objectives: To determine the resistance rates of Escherichia coil from urine specimens collected from patients with urinary tract infections (UTI) in Tripoli. Materials and Methods: Included in the study 2209 mid-stream urine specimens. Isolation, identification and susceptibility testing of E. co/i were carried out using standard bacteriological procedures. Results: E. coil was detected in significant numbers in 538 (24%) specimens. Of these 74% were resistant to ampicillin, 49% to cephaloridine, 25% to nitrofurantoin, 49% to tetracycline, and 45% to trimethoprim-suiphamethoxazole. Conclusion:
The findings of the present work demonstrates clearly that the problem of antibiotic resistance among uropathogens in Libya is a very serious one and needs to be addressed urgently by the health authorities and the medical community.

Keywords: E.Coli, antimicrobial resistance, Urine, Tripoli, Libya