STP1071

    Free-Living Amoebae: Health Concerns in the Indoor Environment

    Published: Jan 1990


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    Abstract

    Free-living amoebae are the most likely protozoa implicated in health concerns of the indoor environment. These amoebae can be the source of allergic reactions, eye infections or, on rare occasions, encephalitis. While too large to be effectively aerosolized, free-living amoebae can support the multiplication of pathogens such as Legionella which are easily aerosolized and infectious via the pulmonary route. Traditional detection methods for free-living amoebae are laborious and time consuming. Newer techniques for rapidly detecting and quantitating free-living amoebae such as monoclonal antibodies, flow cytometry, gene probes, and laser optics have or could be employed.

    Keywords:

    free-living amoebae, Naegleria, Acanthamoebae, Hartmannella, Legionella, monoclonal antibodies, flow cytometry, gene probes, laser optics


    Author Information:

    Tyndall, RL
    staff scientiststaff member, Oak Ridge National LaboratoryUniversity of Tennessee, Oak RidgeKnoxville, TNTN

    Ironside, KS
    staff scientiststaff member, Oak Ridge National LaboratoryUniversity of Tennessee, Oak RidgeKnoxville, TNTN


    Paper ID: STP25332S

    Committee/Subcommittee: D22.05

    DOI: 10.1520/STP25332S


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