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Indian J Med Microbiol. 2016 Oct-Dec;34(4):529-532. doi: 10.4103/0255-0857.195359.

High fungal spore burden with predominance of Aspergillus in hospital air of a tertiary care hospital in Chandigarh.

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  • 1Department of Medical Microbiology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India.
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India.

Abstract

The prevalence of fungal spores in the hospital air is essential to understand the hospital-acquired fungal infections. Air conditioners (ACs) used in hospitals may either reduce spores in air or be colonised by fungi and aid in its dissemination. The present study was conducted to assess the fungal spore burden in AC and non-AC areas. We found a high fungal spore count in air irrespective of whether the area was AC or non-AC. The most predominant species isolated were Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus fumigatus. Such high concentrations of pathogenic fungi in air may predispose individuals to develop disease.

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10.4103/0255-0857.195359
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