Q-243. Assessment of Mycoflora in Recreational Parks in Enugu Metropolis, Nigeria

F. O. Tasie1,2, F. A. Okafor3, U. O. George-Okafor1,2;
1P.M.B, Enugu, NIGERIA, 2Enugu State Univ. of Sci. and Technology, Enugu, NIGERIA, 3Alabama A&M Univ., Normal, AL.

The mycoflora of an environment is the different array of fungi in that environment most of which are usually potential pathogens. A lot of environmental fungi have been implicated in mycotic infections of the human skin. This problem has become especially important in the developing countries with the wide spread of immune diseases such as AIDS not only among adults but also children; it is important to determine what kinds of mycoflora exist and so formulate preventive measures. In order to determine the environmental mycoflora organisms, associated with recreational parks, sterile Sabouraud dextrose agar plates were exposed to the park air for 30 minutes in the 5 different recreational parks in Enugu metropolis Nigeria for the isolation of common air fungi which may be harmful (pathogenic) to humans. Standard microbiological procedures were used to identify the fungal isolates. The genera of fungi isolated include Epidermophyton, Trichophyton, Microsporum, Rhodotorula, Geotrichum, Blastomyces, Saccharomyces, Candida, Conidiobolus, Cephalosporium, Fusarium and Aspergillus species. Blastomyces dermatitidis and Candida albicans were isolated from 3 parks (60%) while Epidermophyton floccosum, Phialophora gougerotii, R. rubra, M. audouinii, Geotrichum candidium, Trichophyton rubrum and T. ajelloi were common with 2 parks (40%).