Prevalence of Aspergillus sp in Portuguese Infant and Elementary SchoolsBarbosa J*, Vieira R, Costa J, Moreira L, Fernandes A, Madeira C, Afonso C, Oliveira R and Carvalho C
University College of Jean Piaget Health Science Campus Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
- *Corresponding Author:
- Joana Margarida Moutinho Barbosa
University College of Jean Piaget Health Science Campus Vila Nova de Gaia
Escola Superior de Saúde Jean Piaget, Portugal
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Received Date: December 10, 2011; Accepted Date: April 04, 2012; Published Date: April 06, 2012
Citation: Barbosa J, Vieira R, Costa J, Moreira L, Fernandes A, et al. (2012) Prevalence of Aspergillus sp in Portuguese Infant and Elementary Schools. Air Water Borne Dis 1:103. doi:10.4172/2167-7719.1000103
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Background: Long-term exposure to a contaminated indoor environment may result in different health complaints. The filamentous fungi indoor air quality assessment of infant and elementary Portuguese schools and Aspergillus sp. identification was performed.
Methods: Environmental exposure was performed in seven infant and elementary schools, situated in Vila Nova de Gaia, during January 2011, following filamenteous culture characterization and identification for Aspergillus sp. Results: Filamentous cultures were more prevalent than yeasts, being Ascomycetes, more widespread than Zygomycetes. Elementary classrooms were more environmental contaminated than infantry level classrooms.
Conclusion: A. terreus and A. fumigatus cultures isolation occurred from samples exposed in two elementary classrooms and were related with school habitability and hygienisation conditions.