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A Laboratory Study on Pathogenic Fungi Carried by Flowers in an Infectious Disease Ward

Jun Liu1, Yu Wang1, Liping Zhu2, Qiangqiang Zhang3, Wenhong Zhang2 and Lingyun Shao2*
1Department of Nursing, Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
2Department of Infectious Diseases, Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, C
3Department of Dermatology, Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
Corresponding Author : Lingyun Shao
Department of Infectious Diseases
Huashan Hospital, Fudan University
Shanghai, China
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Received August 14, 2014; Accepted September 16, 2014; Published September 19, 2014
Citation: Liu J, Wang Y, Zhu L, Zhang Q, Zhang W et al. (2014) A Laboratory Study on Pathogenic Fungi Carried by Flowers in an Infectious Disease Ward. J Nurs Care 3:201. doi:10.4172/2167-1168.1000201
Copyright: © 2014 Liu J, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


This article addressed the pathogenic fungus distributions on the flowers which were placed in the infectious disease ward. 10 strains of flowers were randomly chosen from the visitors from 30th November 2009 to 6th January 2010. Samples were collected from different parts of the flowers on day 1 and day 8 from the collection. 76 samples were divided into 2 groups (38 samples each group) which were collected on Day 1 and Day 8. 66 of 76 (86.8%) were pathogenic fungus positive. Monilia (24.5%), demalaceous fungi (14.5%) and Rhodothece sp (13.2%) were the top 3 pathogenic fungus in the 318 positive colonies. In the 33 comparing samples (day 1 and day 8), 6 samples were consistent and 23 were inconsistent (P<0.01). The rest 4 samples were pending. It is not recommended for visitor to bring flowers in the ID ward as there were high risk of pathogenic fungus in the flowers, especially for those patients who were suffering immunosuppressed in the ward.


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