Testing the susceptibility to manuka honey of streptococci isolated from wound swabs

publication date: Jun 30, 2011
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Journal of ApiProduct
& ApiMedical Science
                                            
Vol. 3 (3) pp. 117 - 122
DOI
10.3896/IBRA.4.03.3.02
 
Date
July 2011
 
Article Title


Testing the susceptibility to manuka honey of streptococci isolated from wound swabs  


Author(s)

 
Rose A Cooper, Emma Lindsay and Peter C Molan

Abstract

Honey is a broad spectrum antimicrobial agent that has been re-introduced into clinical practice to treat wounds. Wounds support polymicrobial communities of bacteria that either colonise or infect wounds. Strains with resistance to antibiotics are difficult to eradicate and pose a risk of transfer to other patients. Manuka honey has been shown to inhibit many of the bacteria commonly associated with wounds, such as staphylococci, pseudomonads, coliforms and anaerobes, but its efficacy against streptococci isolated from wounds has not been reported. Using macro- and micro-dilution in broth and an agar incorporation technique, the susceptibility to manuka honey of 15 cultures of catalase negative, Gram positive cocci that had been isolated from wounds was tested. All cultures were inhibited by 10% (v/v) manuka honey and statistically significant differences between the three test methods were not found. Manuka honey offers clinical potential in eradicating streptococci from wounds. 

Keywords

streptococci, wounds, manuka honey, susceptibility testing.

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