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Swimming pool deck as environmental reservoir of Fusarium

Published inMedical Mycology, vol. 48, no. 5, p. 780-784
Publication date2010
Abstract

While investigations on fungal contamination of swimming pools usually focus on dermatophytes, data on other potentially pathogenic molds are scarce. Here, we report the investigation of fungal colonization of the deck surrounding a hospital physical therapy swimming pool. Five series of samples from 8 sites were collected over one year from the pool surroundings. Concomitantly, 58 patients using the swimming pool were examined and samples obtained from those with suspected onychomycosis. All surface samples were positive for fungi, with Fusarium the most frequently recovered from 22 of 27 samples of sites surrounding the pool. Among the outpatients evaluated, two presented with a mixed onychomycosis from which Fusarium and Trichophyton rubrum were isolated. The questions of possible acquisition from the swimming pool area must be considered in both cases as the ungual lesions had developed within the previous three months. This warrants further studies to better understand the epidemiology of potentially pathogenic molds in areas surrounding pools in order to adopt appropriate measures to avoid contamination. This is of particular importance within medical institutions, considering the potential role of Fusarium onychomycosis as a starting point for disseminated infections in immunocompromised patients.

Keywords
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Fusarium/isolation & purification
  • Hospitals
  • Humans
  • Onychomycosis/microbiology
  • Swimming Pools
  • Trichophyton/isolation & purification
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BUOT, G, TOUTOUS TRELLU, Laurence Marie, HENNEQUIN, C. Swimming pool deck as environmental reservoir of Fusarium. In: Medical Mycology, 2010, vol. 48, n° 5, p. 780–784. doi: 10.3109/13693780903451828
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