Contaminated Money Investigation into the Hygiene Status of some Hospitals as Obtained from Food Outlet

Authors: Dr. Asma Basheir Elshebani(1), Amal Elfaitouri(2), Mohamed Ali Hebit Allah(3)
Department of Infectious Disease, Faculty of Public Health, University of Benghazi, Benghazi, Libya (1,2)
Aljalaa Hospital, Benghazi, Libya (3)


This study aims to determine the presence of bacterial contamination associated with currency as obtained from hospital’s food outlet. Samples were randomly collected from cafeteria’s of Benghazi Medical Center Hospital, Benghazi Children's Hospital, and Al Jalaa Hospital. Bacteria isolates belonged to gram negative and gram positive were used to perform antibiotic sensitivity testing. Total count of bacteria from currency found 10 type of bacteria, the highest type of bacteria, Lactobacillus 50%, followed by Acinetobacter 20.3%, Klebsiella 7.4%, Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli 3.7%, while the lowest Staphylococcus epidermas, Pseudomonas stutzeri, Rhizobium radiobacter were 1.8% and no growth 22.8%, the sensitivity of the isolated bacteria showed the Acinetobacter baumanni highest resistant to Augmantine (78%) and lowest to both Ceftazidimde and Aztronam with (11%), the Klebsiella pneumonia shows (100%) resistant to Erythromycin and Oxcilin. While the two sample of Escherichia coli were resistant to Augmantine and Ceftazidime. In addition, the two samples of Staphylococcus aureus were resistant to Erythromycin and Oxcilin (100%), two samples of Staphylococcu epidermidis were resistant to Erythromycin and Oxcilin (100%), while the one sample Pseudomonas spp was resistant to Colastin (100%), the Pantoea spp sample was resistant to both Ceftriaxone and Colastin (100%), while the only sample of Staphylococcus Haemolyticus was resistant (100%) to Erythromycin. Confirming that the contaminated currency spread in the hospital cafeteria was contaminated with disease-causing bacteria.


Currency, Coin, Contaminated, Bacteria, Pathogenic, Antibiotics, Resistance, Infection.

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