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Igwe, P. C.; Egwu, I. H.; Chukwu, S. O.; Uzoh, C. V.; Oguoma, O. I.; Emeka-Nwabunnia, I.
The isolation and antibacterial sensitivity pattern of Pseudomonas aeruginosa species implicated in urinary tract infections among women visiting Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State were evaluated. Forty midstream urine samples were collected from among women visiting the hospital. The samples were subjected to bacteriological screening by culturing on cysteine lactose and electrolyte-deficient (CLED) agar, nutrient agar, and Eosin MacConkey agar. Twelve Pseudomonas species were isolated, characterized and identified out of the forty urine samples analyzed. Results of antibiotics percentage resistance and susceptibility of Pseudomonas species isolated revealed that Pseudomonas species were 100% resistant to cefoxitin, Pseudomonas species were susceptible to Ciprofloxacin (75 %), oxacillin (20 %), vancomycin (60%) and gentamicin (90 %). In this study, the resistant nature of Pseudomonas species could be due to the presence of a resistant gene (plasmid mediated resistant gene) or the presence of efflux pump.