Kehadiran Acanthamoeba spp. pada bekas penyimpanan kanta sentuh pengguna asimptomatik

Putri Noradyani Megat Hashim, and Mohamed Kamil Abdul Ghani, and Norhayati Moktar, and Anisah Nordin, and Yusof Suboh, and Mimi Fazah Zainudin, and Noraina Abdul Rahim, (2007) Kehadiran Acanthamoeba spp. pada bekas penyimpanan kanta sentuh pengguna asimptomatik. Jurnal Sains Kesihatan Malaysia, 5 (2). pp. 53-61. ISSN 1675-8161

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Acanthamoeba keratitis, a type of corneal inflammation associated with contact lense usage is caused by Acanthamoeba sp., a free-living amoeba found in various kind of human environment. Contamination of contact lens storage containers by Acanthamoeba spp. Leads to the amoeba adhering to the lens thus infecting the eye. The objective of this study is to examine for the presence of Acanthamoeba spp in the contact lens storage containers of asymptomatic users. Ninety asymptomatic contact lens users participated in this study. Samples were taken by swabbing of contact lens containers and cultured them onto non-nutrient agar with overlaid Escherichia coli. Plates were examined daily for the presence of amoeba. The positive cultures were then confirmed under ‘Image Analysis with Video TesT 4.0’. Eight of 90 samples (8.7%) were positives for Acanthamoeba spp. And all strains identified were from group II (polyphagids). This finding suggests that Acanthamoeba spp. Can contaminate the storage lens containers of asymptomatic lens users thus can be a major risk factor for Acanthamoeba keratitis.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Acathamoeba spp.; Acanthamoeba keratitis; contact lens
Journal:Jurnal Sains Kesihatan Malaysia
ID Code:1091
Deposited By: Mr Azhari Jamaludin
Deposited On:13 May 2011 07:26
Last Modified:14 Dec 2016 06:28

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