Every year in the U.S., there are an estimated 25,000 cases of Legionnaires’ disease and 4,000 deaths. ASHRAE Journal recently interviewed William F. McCoy, Ph.D., MemberASHRAE, on issues relating to Legionnaires’ disease. McCoy is a member of ASHRAE Technical Committee 3.6,Water Treatment, and the committee upgrading the ASHRAE Guideline 12, Minimizing the Risk of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems. He also has written a recently publishedbook, Preventing Legionellosis. He also is a member of the committee.
This interview was prompted by thepending 30th 25th anniversary of the1976 outbreak at an American Legion inconvention in Philadelphia and the recentdeaths of 17 people at an assisted living facility in Toronto.