Isolation and characterization of microorganisms from instruments used by pedicurists operating within Lagos metropolis, Nigeria

West Indian Med J. 2004 Dec;53(6):413-5.


Eight bacterial and five fungal species were isolated from swab samples taken from instruments used by pedicurists operating at three different sites in Lagos, Nigeria. The bacterial isolates included Micrococcus luteus, Micrococcus roseus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Staphylococcus aureus, Hafnia spp, Shigella spp, Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus spp. The five fungal isolates were identified as Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus flavus, Mucor spp, Trichophyton spp and Candida albicans. The presence of these microorganisms, some of which are pathogenic, is an indication that pedicurists could be contributing towards the spread of skin and nail infections within the Lagos metropolis.

MeSH terms

  • Bacteria / isolation & purification*
  • Beauty Culture / instrumentation*
  • Beauty Culture / standards
  • Colony Count, Microbial
  • Equipment Contamination*
  • Fungi / isolation & purification*
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Hygiene / standards
  • Infectious Disease Transmission, Professional-to-Patient*
  • Nails / microbiology*
  • Nigeria / epidemiology
  • Skin Diseases, Infectious / transmission*