[Mycological monitoring of Candida albicans infections in various hospital care units. Molecular typing of isolated strains and epidemiological survey]

Pathol Biol (Paris). 1996 May;44(5):447-51.
[Article in French]


To evaluate risk factors associated with the nosocomial infection of Candida albicans, a prospective study is conducted twice for three months in three intensive care units. Samples from patients HIV negatives, non neutropenic and non immunodepressive are collected as they came in the unit, on several anatomic sites. Every C. albicans carriers are included in a mycological monitoring. Samples from environmental surfaces, hands and deep pharynx from hospital personnel were also cultured. Strains genetic profile are defined by isoenzyme electrophoresis technique. Thirteen polymorphic loci allowed samples classement into 52 electrophoretic types (ET). If only one crossed contamination is described, strains regroupment into some ET incites us to extend this study. C. albicans strains from patients closed environment have never been isolated.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Candida albicans / enzymology*
  • Candida albicans / isolation & purification
  • Candidiasis / epidemiology*
  • Candidiasis / microbiology
  • Child
  • Cross Infection / epidemiology*
  • Cross Infection / microbiology
  • Data Collection
  • Electrophoresis, Starch Gel
  • Female
  • France / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Isoenzymes / chemistry*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personnel, Hospital
  • Prospective Studies


  • Isoenzymes