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Abstract

The activity of biocides against is unknown. In the European guidelines to evaluate the fungicidal activity of a biocide, the critical step concerning the preparation of conidial suspensions is cumbersome and time-consuming. The aims of this study were to evaluate a simplified procedure to prepare conidial suspensions to test a biocide in comparison with the recommended one and to investigate the activity of seven biocides by the suspensio–neutralization method against clinical isolates. The proposed simplified procedure proved reproducible, gave the same results and was quicker than that described in the European guidelines. Benzalkonium chloride (0.25 %), glutaraldehyde (1.6 %), polyvinylpyrrolidone iodine (1 % available iodine) and polyester glycol iodine (0.18 % available iodine) showed biocidal activity in ⩽5 min contact time, and chlorine (0.14 % available Cl) and chlorhexidine (0.06 %) after 15 min and 30–60 min, respectively. In contrast, chloramine-T (0.01 %) did not show biocidal activity. In addition, a simplified and reproducible procedure may be used for testing the fungicidal activity of new compounds or combined formulations. In conclusion, the biocides tested, which are commonly used in hospital settings, were shown to display biocidal activity against and a simplified procedure may be adopted for testing the fungicidal activity of new compounds.

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