Antimicrobial perspective of non-alcoholic beverages of Jimma, Ethiopia against Streptococcus pyogenes
Dr. Kothai Seshathri
The objective of this study was to determine theantimicrobial activity of the selected non-alcoholic beverages of Jimma, Ethiopia against Streptococcus pyogenes. The susceptibility of S.pyogenes was evaluated by agar well diffusion and broth macro dilution assay. The results indicated that among the non-alcoholic beverages viz., black coffee, black tea, spreeze (mixture of black coffee & tea), kesher (ginger extract) and herbal teas (Thymus schimperi extract and a mix of Thymus schimperi and Camelia sinensis) tested, S.pyogenes was highly susceptible to the ethanol extract of Thymus schimperi. This activity was significantly higher than the antibiotic penicillin which served as pos as positive control. Thus, Herbal remedies could restrain the burden of economically under privileged people in developing countries like Ethiopia as well as immunocompetant sufferers across the globe.