Vending machine buttons and touch screens

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dc.contributor.author Nawas, Tarek
dc.contributor.author Dakroub, Rozan
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-11T14:21:45Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-11T14:21:45Z
dc.date.copyright 2017 en_US
dc.date.issued 2018-12-11
dc.identifier.issn 2348-0319 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/9869
dc.description.abstract As potentially pathogenic organisms were previously isolated from different inanimate objects, it was decided to investigate, in this study, the extent of contamination of the press buttons or touch screens of public vending machines, that have now become so diverse and distributed in almost all public areas in any community. Twelve vending machines located in different places in public areas in the Ras-Beirut area were included in the study. Standard microbiology laboratory techniques were conducted and several bacterial specieswere isolated from the tested sites of the machines in the following frequencies: S. aureus (67%), coagulase-negative staphylococci. (33 %), Enterobacter cloacae (25%),Klebsiella pneumoniae (17 %), Citrobacterfreundii(17%),Serratiaficaria(17%),Rahnellaaquatilis(17%), Escherichia vulneris(8 %), Pantoeasp. (8 %), and Serratiaplymuthica(8 %). Vending machine buttons or touch screenswere proved to act as vehicles of potential pathogens, unintentionally having a significant impact on the general health of the community. The results of this study suggest the need for improved sanitization of the vending machine buttons or touch screens. However, in order to minimize the exposure to pathogens and transmission of any microbial infections among users of the vending machines, it is also recommended that proper individual hygienic precautionary measures be always taken. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Vending machine buttons and touch screens en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.title.subtitle a surface colonized by pathogenic bacteria en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 198029370 en_US
dc.author.department Natural Sciences en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal International journal of innovative and applied research en_US
dc.journal.volume 5 en_US
dc.journal.issue 5 en_US
dc.article.pages 82-88 en_US
dc.keywords Bacterial contamination en_US
dc.keywords Enterobacteriaceae en_US
dc.keywords Pathogenic bacteria en_US
dc.keywords Staphylococcus aureus en_US
dc.keywords Vending machine buttons en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Dakroub, R. and Nawas, T. (2017). Vending machine buttons and touch screens: a surface colonized by pathogenic bacteria. International Journal of Innovative and Applied Research 5 (5) 82-88. en_US
dc.author.email tnawas@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url http://www.journalijiar.com/article/544/vending-machine-buttons-and-touch-screens:-a-surface-colonized-by-pathogenic-bacteria./ en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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