Fungal Contamination of Public Outdoor Swimming Pools in Awka, Nigeria

Onuorah Samuel Ginika-Osuorji Joy Odibo Frederick and Ojiagu Nnenna Chinelo


The fungal contamination of some public outdoor swimming pool in Awka was studied before and after use by swimming their suitability for use by bathers. The average fungal counts were 0cfu/ml-8cfu/ml and 1cfu/ml-15cfu/ml before and after use respectively. Trichophyton Rubrum (28.1%), Trichophyton Concentricum (18.8%), Trichophyton Mentagrophytes (37.5%) and Mocrosporium Canis (15.6%) were detected before use while Trichophyton Rubrum (20.7%), Trichophyton Concentricum (17.2%), Trichophyton Mentagrophytes (31.1%), Microsporium Canis (13.8%), Penicillium Marneffei (3.4%), Trichophyton Soudanense (8.6%) and trichophyton Violaceum (5.2% was Isolated after use. Candida Albicas (29.2%), Candida Glabrata (41.7%), Rhodotorula mucilaginosa (35.0%), rhodotorula Mucilaginosa (20.0%), Cryptocous Neoformans (7.5%) and Rhodotorula Glutinis (12.5%) were recovered from the pools after used. Trichophyton Nentagrophytey was recovered in majority of the pools before and after use among the Molds while Candida Glabrata was isolated from Majority of the pools among the Yeasts before and after use. The presence of these fungi in the pools is a public health risk; therefore, such pools should be adequately tested to safeguard the health of the Swimmers.


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