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Volume Volume 24(9): 548-553, 2020.
Seasonal changes in hospital drainage water quality, contaminants and parasitosis in patients and staff.
Teba Noori Mohammed Al- Jibouri, Thaer Abdulqader Salih, Kamal Barazan Nada.
Mohammed Al-Jibouri TN, Salhi TA, Nada KB., Seasonal changes in hospital drainage water quality, contaminants and parasitosis in patients and staff, Onl J Vet Res., Volume 24(9): 548-553, 2020.. We report seasonal changes in Yarmouk Educational Hospital, Iraq, drainage water quality, contaminants and effects on hematology and parasitosis in 50 hospitalized patients and 50 healthy staff from February (Winter) to July (Summer). Water drainage temperature increased 13C in winter to 37C in summer with increases (P < 0.05) in iron 81%, copper 76% and zinc ~90% content. Entamoeba, Giardia, Cryptosporidium, Balantidium, Trichomonas and Ascaris spp prevailed in drainage, and numbers correlated with iron, zinc and copper levels. We found Giardia lamblia in ~20% patient feces. We compared hematology and blood lipids in hospitalized patients with normal healthy staff and found increased (P < 0.05) white cells (~44%) mostly consisting of neutrophils (~63%), monocytes (~40%) and basophils (~27%) in patients Platelets in patients were ~21% higher but other hematological values were not significantly different. Our results suggest that blood cholesterol blood levels were ~11%, triglicerides 23% and high density lipoproteins ~23% higher in patients. Results suggest that Giardia possibly from contaminated water may affect blood values in hospitalized patients.
Key words: Hospital, drainage, parasites, hematology, patients, healthy staff. Raw data provided.