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Bacteriological safety of packaged drinking water sold in Nigeria: public health implications


Odeyemi, OA, Bacteriological safety of packaged drinking water sold in Nigeria: public health implications, SpringerPlus, 4, (1) Article 642. ISSN 2193-1801 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1186/s40064-015-1447-z



Over the past years, there has been increase in packaged water consumption in Nigeria. Although, there are several studies on microbial safety of sachet packaged drinking water, there is no information on prevailing pathogens.


A comprehensive literature search and meta-analysis of peer reviewed primary studies reported from 2005 for microbiological safety of packaged drinking water sold in Nigeria was conducted using "sachet water", "bottled water" and "packaged water" and Nigeria as search algorithms in public scientific literature databases. It was observed in this study that Escherichia spp., (65.5%), Salmonella spp., (44.8%), Bacillus spp., (44.1%) and Staphylococcus spp. (37.9%) were more prevailing in the samples.


The high rate of contamination observed is of public health importance. There is need for use of molecular based methods to understand microbial ecology, epidemiology, virulence factors and survival of isolated water borne pathogens in packaged drinking water sold in Nigeria.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:microbial water safety, packaged drinking water, water borne pathogens
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Odeyemi, OA (Dr Olumide Odeyemi)
ID Code:105929
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2016-01-20
Last Modified:2017-11-05
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