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Isolation of free living amoebae from public swimming pool in Santiago, Chile Aislamiento de amebas de vida libre en piscinas publicas de Santiago de Chile


Isolation of free living amoebae from public swimming pool in Santiago, Chile Aislamiento de amebas de vida libre en piscinas publicas de Santiago de Chile



Parasitologia Latinoamericana. jul; 583-4: 106-111



The presence of free living Amoebae (FLA) was studied in samples of water obtained from 8 public swimming pool, collected from surface, bottom, channels, and filter. 8 samples for swimming pool, 64 samples in total. Amoebae were found in 5 swimming pool (62%). In 22 of the samples the Amoebae genus were identified (34.5%). These were Hartmanella vermiformes (12.5%); Vanella sp. (9.4%); Naegleria (7.8) and Acanthamoeba (4.7%).Considering the pathogenic capacity to man, the 36.4% of the isolated strains belonged to those that have been proved dangerous (Naegleria and Acanthamoeba). In summary, this study recommend to be any maintenance more prolix of public swimming pool from Santiago, included filtration systems or water recirculation, die who clinical aspects to be promote these FLA are reality severe arrived inclusive to death .

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