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Healthcare Facilities need to be Aware of Microbial Pathogens

The indoor air quality and infection control professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) help people identify and prevent microbial pathogens.


Countless people live productive and fulfilling lives with immune systems that are weakened due to inherited genetic defects, physical conditions, illnesses, past medical procedures or because of prescription drugs taken for various reasons.  These individuals need to be especially aware of common microbial pathogens that are often found all around us.
These pathogens may include various types of mold and fairly common types of bacteria.  These microbes can be present in peoples’ homes, offices and schools.  It is of special concern in healthcare facilities where large numbers of people with compromised immune systems seek treatment.
One such pathogen that is of concern to many of these people is due to a fungus known as Aspergillus.  Since Aspergillus is so common in the environment, most people breathe in Aspergillus spores every day and it is probably impossible to completely avoid breathing in some spores. For most people with a healthy immune system, this does not usually cause harm, and the immune system is able to get rid of the spores unless there is an elevated concentration of the spores in the environment. However, for people with compromised immune systems, breathing in Aspergillus spores, especially breathing in high concentrations of spores can lead to infection and even death in extreme cases.
“Aspergillosis is the name of the disease cause by Aspergillus,” reported Franco Seif, Vice President of Clark Seif Clark, a leading indoor air quality (IAQ) and infection control consulting firm.  “Aspergillus is commonly found in buildings that have suffered from water incursions and elevated humidity levels.  It’s important that healthcare facilities not have elevated levels of Aspergillus spores in the air. In addition to fungal contaminants, there are a whole host of bacterial pathogens that can also cause concerns for people with weakened immune systems.  CSC has a number of highly trained professionals who are experts at identifying microbial pathogens in healthcare environments, homes, schools and offices to help these people live long and healthy lives.” 
CSC has sponsored an educational video about Aspergillus and aspergillosis that can be seen at:
To learn more about testing for microbial pathogens or other indoor air quality (IAQ), industrial hygiene, or health and safety issues, please visit, email or call (800) 807-1118. 
About Clark Seif Clark (CSC)
CSC was established in 1989 to help clients in both public and private sectors address environmental, IAQ, and health and safety (EH&S) issues.  CSC is a leading provider of these services with multiple offices along the western seaboard and southwest. The company believes in science-based protocols and has a strong background in engineering, making them the preferred environmental consultants to healthcare facilities, architects, schools, builders, contractors, developers and real estate professionals.


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 Indoor Air Quality

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