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A journal "Dovkillia ta zdorovia" (Environment & Health) publishes the articles on the problems in the field of medical ecology, hygiene, health protection and ecological safety.

Founder of the Journal:
State Institution "O.M. Marzeiev Institute for Hygiene and Medical Ecology of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine"

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Environment & HealthISSN: 2077-7477 eISSN: 2077-7485
No: 4 (105)   -   Decemder, 2022   -   Pages: 52-58
Impact of indoor air polluti on by microscopic fungi on population health
Surmasheva O.V.1, Chernysh O.O.1, Zadorozhna V.I.2, Antomonov M.Yu.1, Rakhmatullina K.M.1
1 State Institution "O.M. Marz³eiev Institute for Public Health of the NAMSU", Kyiv
2 SI «Institute of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases named after L.V. Hromashevskyi, NAMS of Ukraine», Kyiv

Objective: to determine the impact of mycomycete contamination of air in residential and public buildings on human health.

Materials and methods of research: Microbiological and mycological analysis of indoor air was studied by conventional methods. A questionnaire was developed and a survey of residents of the surveyed housing was conducted. Statistical processing of the obtained results, reliability of the obtained data, calculations were performed with using the STATISTICA 8 program and Microsoft Excel program.

Results: As a result of field studies of houses’ residential premises of different construction periods and a questionnaire survey of residents, the features of microbiological contamination of the air environment were established. It is shown that in houses commissioned more than twenty years before, air pollution by spores of microscopic fungi was almost twice as high as in the buildings’ air of later development. At the same time, the role of maintenance’s state of the living space, that is, the economic behavior of the residents themselves, was also revealed. Based on the questionnaire, informational characteristics of the relationship between the health status of residential premises residents and objective indicators of the microclimate on the basis of biodamages were developed. The reliability of the obtained data is p<0.001. It has been proven that in the presence of constantly high humidity, leaks and flooding, infection with mold fungi indoors can be overwhelming even with regular ventilation and the use of antiseptics.

Conclusions: 1. It has been established that air contamination of living quarters with mold fungi depends on the state of maintenance of the living quarters.
2. The number of mold fungi is affected by the presence of leaks and flooding, the visible growth of mold fungi on the surfaces of the room.
3. A direct correlation of the relationship between the health status of residents and indicators of the microclimate of residential premises was revealed on the basis of the developed questionnaires with informational characteristics.

air, premises, mycological contamination, microscopic fungi, health
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