Detection of Enteric Pathogenic Bacteria Transmitted by Housefly (Musca domestica) in Riyadh

Document Type : Original Article


Department of biology, College of Science, Princes Norah Bint Abdulrahman University, P.O. Box 22491, Riyadh 11495, Saudi Arabia


The house-fly, Musca
domestica L
., not only is a nuisance pest, but also acts as an important
mechanical vector for lots of pathogenic microorganism agents, including:
bacteria protozoa, worms, fungi and viruses amongst humans and animals. The aim
of this study was to use Microbial methods for identification of bacteria that
are pick up by house-fly over the human. In this study totally 200 houseflies
were collected to isolate their bacteria from the centre, east, and west of
Riyadh. The common isolated bacteria were Escherichia coli with 85 cases
(42.5%). Were Enteric pathogenic bacteria
was 63cases (31.5%), and other isolated bacteria was
Staphylococci aureus
21 cases (10.5%), Pseudomonas spp. was 20 cases
(10 %) and Proteus spp. Was 11 cases (5.5%). The results of the current
study confirm that flies are much more than a nuisance and that they pose
potentially serious health risks. Consequently, the population of houseflies
has to be controlled