In this study, we investigated indoor air quality and symptoms of respiratory illness in 264 nursing workers at 28 day-care centers in Taipei.
Geometric mean concentrations of indoor and outdoor bacteria were 735 colony-forming units in air (CFU/m3) and 384 CFU/m3, respectively.
In addition, geometric mean concentrations of indoor and outdoor fungi were 1 212 CFU/m3 and 1 032 CFU/m3, respectively.
Aspergillus, Cladosporium, and Penicillium-microfungi that occurred most commonly-were found indoors and outdoors.
Geometric mean concentrations of house dust mite allergens, Der p I and Der p V, were 58 ng/g dust and 14 ng/g dust, respectively.
In addition, the observed high prevalence of dampness or mold problems in the day-care centers indicated that dampness was very common in this subtropical region.
We found a significant relationship between dampness and work-related sick building syndrome in the day-care-center workers.
Furthermore, concentrations of fungi were lower in the day-care centers equipped with air conditioners/air cleaners than in centers that lacked such equipment.
Also, Aspergillus was associated strongly with work-related sick building syndrome in the day-care-center workers.
Mots-clés Pascal : Pollution air, Pollution intérieur, Toxicité, Appareil respiratoire pathologie, Homme, Personnel sanitaire, Bâtiment malsain syndrome, Bactérie, Teneur air ambiant, Microorganisme, Garderie enfant, Taiwan, Asie, Exposition professionnelle, Médecine travail, Qualité air
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Air pollution, Indoor pollution, Toxicity, Respiratory disease, Human, Health staff, Sick building syndrome, Bacteria, Ambient air concentration, Microorganism, Day care center, Taiwan, Asia, Occupational exposure, Occupational medicine, Air quality
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Code Inist : 002B30A02B. Création : 12/09/1997.