Top 5 Weirdest Bacteria Found in a Hospital's HVAC System
We took 10 samples (Bacteria and Mold) from inside a custom air handling unit that serves an operating room at a major U.S. hospital.
These are the 5 weirdest bacteria we found:1) Alcaligenes faecalis:
As you can guess from its name, it was first discovered living in feces. It's weird to know it's living inside an air conditioning unit, especially one in a hospital. It's actually a fairly harmless bacteria, but it can cause urinary tract infections. And besides, found in feces? Gross.2) Leifsonia aquaticum:
If you thought bacteria found in poop was weird, how about this one? Leifsonia bacteria are typically associated with infections of sugarcane (as in the stuff that makes granulated sugar). So how exactly did it get into the ventilation system of an air handling unit?
It is also found in other places, but it needs special conditions to really thrive, as in, tropical conditions. Not something you would expect at a hospital.3) Pseudomonas oryzihabitans:
Ok. Pseudomonas. That rings a bell. While this particular bacteria isn't as harmful as some of its Pseudomona cousins, it is an opportunistic bacteria that can infect immuno-compromised patients or people using catheters or IVs; just the types of patients you would find in a hospital.
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