Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Biology

Title

Potential exposure of children to environmental microorganisms in indoor healthcare and educational settings

Language

English

Abstract

Surveillance of environmental bacteria was performed in order to investigate the differences in number, identity and distribution in three indoor locations where children spend time; a hospital ward, outpatient's area and a classroom. Surface total viable counts (TVCs) and swabs for molecular analysis of bacteria present were taken at each location. TVCs were higher in the classroom and outpatient area than on the ward and on items that were located in physically higher positions. High touch sites had lower bacterial counts. Sequence and biochemical data showed the presence of potential pathogens at all locations. The bacterial profile of the three locations was different and may reflect the functional use of the space and the people who use that space. © 2014 The Author(s).

Keywords

Built environment, Children, Indoor ecology, Indoor microorganisms, Interactions

Publication Date

2014

Source Publication Title

Indoor and Built Environment

Volume

23

Issue

3

Start Page

467

End Page

473

Publisher

SAGE Publications

DOI

10.1177/1420326X14527018

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1420326X14527018

ISSN (print)

1420326X

ISSN (electronic)

14230070

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