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Burns. 1999 Mar;25(2):145-7.

Correlation between fungi isolated from burn wounds and burn care units.

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Basrah University Teaching Hospital, Iraq.


A comparison was made prospectively between fungal isolates from patients and burn care units. Aspergillus niger was the most frequent isolate in both patients and burn care units whereas Ulocladium was the commonest isolate in the control group. Aspergillus terreus, Penicillium and Zygomycetes, which were recovered from burned patients, were also found more frequently in the burn care units than in the control group (other areas in the hospital). These findings indicate a potential risk of fungal infection which can be acquired from the immediate surroundings of patients in burn care units. Periodical burn ward decontamination is therefore recommended.

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