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Table 1 Distribution of isolated bacteria by the BICU sampled surfaces

From: Controlling bacteriological contamination of environmental surfaces at the biological isolation and containment unit of a veterinary teaching hospital

Surface sampled Enterococcus spp. E. coli P. aeruginosa
Doorknob (n = 24) 2 (8.3%) 0 0
Faucets (n = 24) 3 (12.5%) 0 1 (4.2%)
Cabinets (n = 24) 3 (12.5%) 0 0
Cabinet handles 3a (n = 24) 5 (20.8%) 0 0
Cabinet handles 2b (n = 24) 4 (16.6%) 0 0
Examination tables (n = 24) 1 (4.2%) 0 0
Cages (n = 24) 4 (16.6%) 2 (8.3%) 0
Telephone (n = 6) 0 0 0
Keyboard (n = 6) 0 0 0
Mouse (n = 6) 0 0 0
Bowls (n = 6) 0 0 1 (16.6%)
Countertop (n = 6) 0 0 0
Hand-held sponge (n = 6) 1 (16.6%) 1 (16.6%) 1 (16.6%)
TOTAL (n = 204) 23 (11.3%) 3 (1.5%) 3 (1.5%)
  1. a Pool of the first 3 cabinet handles
  2. b Pool of the last 2 cabinet handles