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Mixture of honey and ginger extract for antibacterial assessment on some clinical isolates.

Keywords: Extract , pasture honey , mixture , clinical , antibacterial.

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The antibacterial activity of honey, methanol and ethanol extracts of ginger (Zingiber officinale) were investigated against some selected bacteria using the agar diffusion technique. Two Gram positive and four Gram negative bacteria were assessed for possible inhibition by the extract samples. The inhibitory potency of the extracts on the test organisms varied in the halos as inhibition effects. Though all the test organisms were susceptible to the antibacterial samples with inhibition measure between 6-3mm, E. coli was the most inhibited where an inhibitory measure of 20mm was recorded with honey, 18mm with ginger ethanol extract and 32mm with the mixture of honey and ginger ethanol extract. The pasture honey, the ethanol and methanol extracts of ginger were both positive for saponin and cardiac glycosides among the phytochemicals identified. While some of the commercial antibiotics (positive control) were not effective on the test organisms, gentamycin and streptomycin were effective with inhibitory halos ranging between 8-25mm. However, the antibacterial test samples were higher in inhibition values than the reference drugs (positive control).

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