Assessment of Airborne Bacterial and Fungal Communities in Shahrekord Hospitals

Jalili, Davood and Dehghani, MohamadHadi and Fadaei, Abdolmajid and Alimohammadi, Mahmood (2021) Assessment of Airborne Bacterial and Fungal Communities in Shahrekord Hospitals. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2021. ISSN 16879805

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This paper presents information about airborne microorganisms (bacteria and fungi) in the indoor air of two hospitals (Kashani and Hajar) in the city of Shahrekord, Iran. The settle plate technique using open Petri dishes containing different culture media was employed to collect a sample and using Quick Take 30 Sample Pump three days per week for a period of 8 weeks. Standard microbiological methods were employed for the identification of bacterial and fungal isolates. The results showed that the concentration of bacteria in the study area ranged from 0 to 70 cfu/plate/h, while the concentration of fungi was 0 to 280 cfu/plate/h. Also, 12 bacterial and 3 fungal species were isolated and identified with varying frequencies of occurrence, including Staphylococcus spp., Escherichia coli, Salmonella, Enterobacter, Pseudomonas, Serratia Citrobacter, Proteus, and Klebsiella, while the fungal genera isolated included Yeast, Aspergillus flavus, and Penicillium. While the bacterial isolates Staphylococcus aureus (20.50) and Pseudomonas (9.10) were the most predominant airborne bacteria, yeast (22.70) and Penicillium (20.50) were the most frequently isolated fungal species. The population of microorganisms was the highest during the afternoon. The statistical analysis showed a significant difference between the microbial loads of the two hospitals at P<0.05. The generated data underline the usefulness of monitoring the air quality of the indoor hospital.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: air sampling; airborne bacterium; airborne fungus; ambient air; Article; Aspergillus flavus; bacterium isolate; Citrobacter; controlled study; Enterobacter; Escherichia coli; fungus isolation; hospital department; Iran; Klebsiella; multicenter study; nonhuman; Penicillium; Proteus; Pseudomonas; Salmonella; Serratia; Staphylococcus aureus
Subjects: WA Public Health > Public Health Education WA.18 > WA 30 Social, Economic, and Environmental factor in public health
WA Public Health > WA 30 Social, Economic, and Environmental factor in public health
Divisions: Faculty of Health > Department of Environmental Health
Depositing User: zeynab . bagheri
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2021 08:24
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2021 08:24

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