Key words

Urinary-tract infections, pregnant women, enterobacteriaceae, staphylococcus.


Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are medical condition occurring when bacteria used to colonize urinary tracts, and for most of the case it led to some infectious symptoms. On pregnant women, three types of infection appear mainly as bacterial colonization of the tracts (known as asymptomatic bacteriuria), acute cystitis and acute pyelonephritis (APN). Such infection is common among pregnant women, sucklings, and young children, severe consequences could be feared for the mother and the fetus. The prevalence of pregnancy UTIs vary from country to country. In Brazil, it was estimated at 45,9% in 2014 (1), 46,6% in India in 2014 (2), 2,9% in Portugal in 2013 (3) and 4,1% in Tanzania in 2014 (4). For Madagascar, epidemiological data are not sufficient particularly those pertaining to prevalence and risk factors. The objectives of this study were to determine the prevalence of urinary tract infections during pregnancy, to document the various risk factors, to identify causative agents and their sensitivity to antimicrobial drugs.

Material And Method

A prospective and descriptive study was conducted for 4 months, from February to May 2018. Pregnant women who gave their consent and coming to the Integrated Health Center (IHC) of Majunga for first prenatal visit (PNV) were recruited. No matter the age of pregnancy, clean urine bottles were distributed to them for samples collection. A questionary form was filled by each individual. Urine collection was performed on the day after that of PNV by following required instructions, urine samples were then headed to the laboratory of UHC PZAGA in less than two hours after miction for cytobacterial examination (CBEU).


In whole, 210 pregnant women aged 15 to 44 were investigated. The average age was 24,9. The UTI prevalence was of 6,7% (n=14). No statistically relevance was linked either between urinary tract infections and sociodemographic factors (age of women, occupation, level of education), the gyneco-obstetrical factors (age of pregnancy, gravidity, parity, history of abortions), or any precedented similar infection (p>0,05). Only diabetes was statistically significant (p<0,001). Upon clinical findings, the asymptomatic form was abundant with 57,1% (n=8). Enterobacteriaceae isolates were predominant with 78,6% (n=11) making 35,7% (n=5) for Escherichia coli, 21,4% (n=3) Klebsiella pneumoniae and 21,4% (n=3) for unidentified strains. Three cases were attributed to Staphylococcus isolates, one strain to Staphylococcus aureus (7,1%) and 2 coagulase-negative Staphylococci (14,3%). These enterobacteriaceae were resistant to Amoxicillin (70%), and to the combined Amoxicillin- Clavulanate (70%), to Ceftriaxone (10%), to Ciprofloxacin (30%) and to Gentamicin (70%). One isolate of K. pneumoniae was revealed to be multidrug resistant, and producer of extended spectrum beta-lactamases

Figure 1: Bacteriological and significant leukocyturia profil of UTI

Figure 1: Bacteriological and significant leukocyturia profil of UTI.

Table I. Enterobacteria resistance phenotypes

Germs identified Phenotype Effective (n=10)
Escherichia coli Wild phenotype 1
Penicillinase of high level 4
Klebsiella pneumoniae Wild phenotype 2
Enterobacteria not identified Absence of enzyme secretion
Penicillinase of high level 1
Cephalosporinase of low level 1
Total 10

Figure 2: Clinical forms of UTI in pregnant woman.

Figure 2: Clinical forms of UTI in pregnant woman.


UTI is the second common medical condition on pregnant women behind anemia. It is also attributed to be the most complicated infection during pregnancy (5). Outcomes differ from countries. In Algeria, the prevalence rate was of 2% in 2011. On the opposite, other values were higher than those of Madagascar i.e, case of India in 2017 with 35% (6); Nigeria in 2017 with 20,2% (7) and Irak in 2016 with 37% (8).

The occurrence of UTIs is associated with a variability of the urinary tract. Actually the urinary stasis during pregnancy was hightened by the release of progesterone which has a relaxing action on the bladder and urethral smooth muscle as well as on mechanical obstruction of the ureter by the gravid uterus. Many studies reported on the predominance of E.coli in case of UTIs as that of Nigeria in 2017 (36) and India (9) with respectively 70% and 55%. The number of enterobacteriaceae being tested were 10, including 4 isolates of Escherichia coli, 3 unidentified enterobacteriaceae and 3 strains of Klebsiella pneumoniae; one Staphylococcus aureus and one coagulase-negative Staphylococcus. To date, wild strains become less and less involved. On the other hand, the prevalence of the acquired-resistance bacteria to antimicrobial drugs keep raising worldwide.


The UTIs prevalence was demonstrated on pregnant women. On epidemiological basis, the infection is not a health issue, its significance must not be underestimated. According to clinical view, therapy is mandatory to avoid subsequent complications either on the mother or her child like threat of premature labor, preterm birth, and intra-uterine death. Though amoxicillin or its combination with clavulanate were randomly used to treat asymptomatic bateriuria, this study revealed a high level of resistance, found even on 3 out of 4 study women. It is then advised to proceed to an antibiogram when a urine dip is tested positive or a case of positive urine culture arise. The second and third generation cephalosporin preserve a good sensitivity. The resistance to fluoroquinolon is increasing. Which is alarming for the ambulatory treatment.


We would like to thank all the staff of the laboratory of UHC PZaGa and the service of prenatal care of the Integrated Health Center (IHC). Similarly, we would like to express our gratitude to the Director of Establishment for authorizing us to carry out this study.