Distribution and Prevalence of Bacteria Found on the Door Handles of Olin Hall, Drake University

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dc.contributor.author Baadhaim, Moayad
dc.contributor.author Kusner, David
dc.contributor.author Ahmed, Humayun
dc.date.accessioned 2011-04-20T19:07:50Z
dc.date.available 2011-04-20T19:07:50Z
dc.date.issued 2011-04-20T19:07:50Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2092/1572
dc.description Mentor: Chinh Dao en_US
dc.description.abstract Fomites are inanimate objects that serve in the spread of infectious disease. Our hypothesis was that door handles may aid in the spread of microbes between individuals and that they may be a reservoir of microbial contamination. In our experiments, we assessed the prevalence of specifically the Gram negative bacteria that were found on door handles of Olin Hall. It was hypothesized that during times where the building was near its peak usage, a larger percentage of the bacteria sampled from the door handles of Olin Hall would be Gram negative. The results showed that 20% of the total colonies were Gram negative bacteria. Our hypothesis was rejected, though further statistical analysis revealed an interesting observation and the data showed differences in prevalence of Gram negative bacteria found on individual doors. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Drake University, College of Arts & Sciences en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries DUCURS 2011;37
dc.subject Bacteria en_US
dc.subject Handles--Doors en_US
dc.subject Gram-negative bacteria en_US
dc.subject Drake University. Olin Hall en_US
dc.title Distribution and Prevalence of Bacteria Found on the Door Handles of Olin Hall, Drake University en_US
dc.type Presentation en_US


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    Poster sessions and presentation from the Drake University Conference on Undergraduate Research in the Sciences held each April at Olmsted Center on the Drake campus.

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