Invasive apergillosis in hospitals

A new paper of possible interest just came out in the Open Access journal BMC Infectious diseases: | Five-Years Surveillance of invasive Aspergillosis in a University Hospital. Perhaps of most relevance to microBEnet is the discussion in the paper of the high fraction of cases that appear to be hospital acquired and what can be done …

Reports (2) from Indoor Air sessions on microbiology of the built environment

Things that jumped out at me from the afternoon session today.  For the morning session see here. Norm Pace (CU Boulder) made the point during questions that when we talk about “pathogens” in metagenomic environmental sequences, what we really mean is “sequences related to pathogens” and that probably most of those sequences don’t come from …

A conference abstract that leaves me wanting more: microbes in the indoor air of high speed trains

Found a meeting abstract that intrigued me:Distribution of Airborne Bacteria and Fungi in the Korean High Speed Train Indoor.  The abstract is below: Background/Aims: It is known that the airborne bacteria and fungi can be the cause of a variety of infectious diseases as well as allergic and toxic effects. The purpose of this study …

Course announcement: Introduction to food and air-borne molds – June 6-10, 2011, Ottawa

Just got information about this course: INTRODUCTION TO FOOD AND AIR-BORNE MOLDS – 2011 (a course in fungal identification) (See the website here International Commission on Indoor Fungi (ICIF)).  From the organizer: Introduction to Food- and Air-Borne Fungi. 6-10 June 2011, Ottawa, Canada. For the first time in three years, we are pleased to offer our five …

Yes, studies of the microbiology of the built environment are even important in Antarctica

Fascinating what Google Scholar searches can find sometimes. Did a search for “indoor microbiology” and this came up Investigations of fungal diversity in wooden structures and soils at historic sites on the Antarctic Peninsula by Brett Arenz and Robert Blanchette.  In the paper the authors discuss culture based studies of fungi isolated from various buildings in …