Fungi isolated from selected birds potentially pathogenic to humans

Maria Dynowska, Iwona Kisicka


The mycology of swabs collected from the beak and the cloaca in 4 species of mud and water waders, migrating through various climatic zones,was analysed. Diagnostic standards were used 54 isolates of fungi belonging to 5 genera: Aspergillus - 53.9%, Rhodotorula - 19.6%, Candida - 14.8%, Saccharomyces - 6.9%, and Torulopsis - 4.8%, were obtained. A total number of 15 species of which Aspergillus fumigatus and A.flavus as well as Candida albicans, C. tropicalis and C. glabrata are of the greatest significance in epidemiology of mycoses, was recorded. Numerous fungi were isolated from the cloaca, which indicates that the birds examined are carriers and suggasts that they may take an active part in thc transmission of fungi that arc dangerous for humans and that colonise water reservoirs.


Aspergillus sp.; Candida sp.; epidemiological circulation; waders

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