Fungal airborne contamination in animal farms


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Ecole Nationale Vétériniare d’Alfort, Maisons-Alfort


Fungal elements represent a significant part of the biological contaminants that could be detected in air and many investigations demonstrated that exposure to airborne fungal particles can cause a variety of adverse health effects in humans and farm animals. However, the dynamic impact of airborne fungi on indoor agricultural air quality remains poorly understood. This is partly due to the lack of standardized sampling methodology and the need of appropriate culture media and conditions adapted for surveys in highly contaminated places like avian farms or stables. The research team Dynamyc assessed the relative efficiencies of air sampling methods and identification techniques for the quantification of airborne (culturable or not) fungi in poultry farmhouses in France and China. Our perspectives include the use of Coriolis® air sampler for the detection of resistant Aspergillus fumigatus isolates in avian farms and for the characterization of fungal contamination in stables where horses with RAO (Respiratory Airway Obstruction) are housed. Key words: farm animals, poultry, fungi, Aspergillus, aerocontamination

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Aerobiology Symposium 2013
    • AS, 2013