The First Report of Drug Resistant Bacteria Isolated from the Brown-Banded Cockroach, Supella longipalpa, in Ahvaz, South-western Iran

  • Babak Vazirianzadeh Department of Medical Entomology, College of Health and Infectious and Tropical disease Research Centre, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran.
  • Rouhullah Dehghani Mail Department of Environmental Health, College of Health and Social Determinants of Health (SDH),Research Center, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran.
  • Manijeh Mehdinejad Departments of Medical Microbiology, College of Medicine, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran.
  • Mona Sharififard Departments of Medical Entomology, College of Health, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran.
  • Nersi Nasirabadi Departments of Medical Microbiology, College of Medicine, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran.
Drug Resistant Bacteria, Iran, Supella longipalpa


Background: The brown-banded cockroach, Supella longipalpa is known as a carrier of pathogenic bacteria in urban environments, but its role is not well documented regarding the carriage of antibiotic-resistant pathogenic bacte- ria in Iran. The aim of this study was to determine the resistance bacteria isolated from the brown-banded cockroach in Ahvaz, south west of Iran.Methods: Totally 39 cockroaches were collected from kitchen area of houses and identified. All specimens were cultured to isolate the bacterial agents on blood agar and MacConky agar media. The microorganisms were identified using necessary differential and biochemical tests. Antimicrobial susceptibility tests were performed for isolated or- ganisms by Kirby-Bauer’s disk diffusion according to NCLI guideline, using 18 antibiotics.Results: From the 39 collected S. langipalpa, 179 bacterial agents were isolated, 92 of alimentary ducts and 87 of external body surfaces. Isolated bacteria from cockroaches were identified as Enterobacter spp., Klebsiella spp., Citrobacter spp., Escherichia coli, Salmonella spp., Proteus spp., coagulase negative staphylococci, Serratia marcescens, Staphylococcus aureus, and Bacillus species. The pattern resistance rates were determined for gram negative bacilli and gram positive cocci regarding 18 antibiotics.Conclusion: The brown-banded cockroach can be involved in the spread of drug resistant bacteria and increases the possibility of contacting human environment to drug resistant bacteria. Therefore, the potential of removing this in- sect should be improved. This is the first original report of drug resistant bacteria isolated from the brown-banded cockroach of Iran.


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Vazirianzadeh B, Dehghani R, Mehdinejad M, Sharififard M, Nasirabadi N. The First Report of Drug Resistant Bacteria Isolated from the Brown-Banded Cockroach, Supella longipalpa, in Ahvaz, South-western Iran. J Arthropod Borne Dis. 8(1):53-59.