Bacteriological Profile Of Water Sample And Selected Fish Species From Lower River Benue, Nigeria

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Omeji S., Apochi J. O. Omachi V.U.

Department Of Fisheries And Aquaculture, University Of Agriculture, P.M.B. 2723, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria

Agricultural Research Council Of Nigeria, Fct, Abuja.

Bacteriological profile of water sample and two freshwater fish species (Bagrus bayad and Oreochromis niloticus) from four points along Lower River Benue were carried out using primary isolation and biochemical analysis. Total viable bacteria count and total coliform count of the water range from 4.7 x 106 to 8.6 x 106 CFU/ml and 3.6 x 104 to 5.4 x 104 CFU/ml respectively. Fish has total viable bacteria count and total coliform count ranges from 7.20 x 104 to 3.20 x 105 and 2.40 x 104 to 3.12 x 105, respectively. Bacteria such as Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacilus cereus, Salmonella spp, were found in the water sample while Escherichia coli, Enterococcus faecalis, Klebsiella spp, Staphylococcus epidermis, Enterobacter aerogenes were found in the fish sample.

 

Key Words: Bacteria, Brewery, River Benue, Wurukum Abattoir, Water Works, Wadata market.

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