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Acta toxicológica argentina

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MAGDALENO, Anahí et al. Ecotoxicological and genotoxic evaluation of hospital wastewaters. Acta toxicol. argent. [online]. 2012, vol.20, n.1, pp.14-24. ISSN 1851-3743.

Wastewaters from hospitals constitute a potential risk to the ecosystems and human health due to the presence of toxic and genotoxic chemical compounds. The objective of this work was to analyze the toxicity and genotoxicity of wastewaters from the "Hospital de Clínicas José de San Martín" (Buenos Aires). Wastewater samples were obtained during the days and hours of major hospital activities and they were separated into two fractions: aqueous and organic (extracts). The toxicity assays were performed for the aqueous fraction using the green algae species: Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata and Chlorella vulgaris. Genotoxicity was assessed for the two fraction samples using the Salmonella/microsome assay in presence and in absence of S9 mix, with the strains TA98 and TA100. Twenty nine of the 53 total analyzed samples were toxic to P. subcapitata (between 18 and 55 % inhibition), whereas only 8 samples were toxic to C. vulgaris (between 21 and 50 % inhibition). None of the samples resulted genotoxic to Salmonella. Of the three tests used, P. subcapitata was the most sensible, resulting in the most suitable species to be used in hospital wastewaters monitoring.

Keywords : Hospital wastewaters; P. subcapitata; C. vulgaris; Ames Test.

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