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  • Environmental Professionals Protect People from Legionella Bacteria

    Few people think they are putting their lives at risk when they sit down to enjoy a relaxing moment in a hot tub, but improperly maintained hot tubs can harbor deadly microbial pathogens.  That is believed to be just the case in a recent outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that occurred in the United Kingdom.  17 of 18 cases of the disease in that outbreak can be traced back to ...

  • Texas Indoor Air Quality Professionals Identify Legionella Risks

    In December, multiple media outlets reported on the tragic case of a Texas newborn who developed Legionnaires’ disease and passed away early last year.  The infant was born during a water birth that some health experts believe may have exposed the child to the bacteria that causes the disease. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Each ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Legionella Hazard Analysis and Control to Prevent Legionellosis - ASHRAE Standard 188P

    Naperville, IL - ASHRAE Standard 188P - Prevention of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems was unanimously approved for public review and publication in June 2010.  The first public review of Standard 188P was completed in November 2010; there were many supportive comments from industry groups, professional people and from the general public. Already in response to ...


    By Phigenics, LLC

  • Legionella Exposure Concerns & Health Care Facilities Discussed in New Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses information recently shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about Legionnaires’ disease and health care facilities.  “Earlier this year, the CDC publishing information and prevention tips in ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Is Legionella Lurking in Hot Tubs and Other Water Sources in Puerto Rico?

    Legionellais a type of bacteria that are found naturally in the environment, especially in warm water, that can cause a life-threatening form of pneumonia known as Legionnaires’ disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that between 8,000 and 18,000 people are hospitalized with Legionnaires’ disease each year in the United States.   People get ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Healthcare Facilities in Puerto Rico and CMS Requirements to Reduce Legionella Risks

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a survey and certification memo last June stating requirements for healthcare facilities to develop and adhere to ASHRAE-compliant water management programs. These programs are meant to reduce the risk for Legionella and other bacterial and fungal pathogens associated with water systems.   Exposure to Legionella sources in ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Legionella in VA Hospital May have Survived Years of Eradication Efforts

    Late last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on the recent Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System. According to their report, 29 of the 44 environmental samples they collected at the facility showed growth of Legionella. The CDC reported, “There was persistence of a highly pathogenic ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • EVAPCO Welcomes New CDC Legionella Prevention Guidelines that Focus on Building Water System Management

    CDC Vital Signs data also conclude that “the most common source of building-associated Legionnaire’s disease outbreaks was drinkable water (56 percent).” Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidelines in the fight to prevent Legionnaires' disease. The publication of the toolkit is a giant step forward in offering practical ...


    By Evapco Inc.

  • Puerto Rico’s Legionella Experts Help to Keep Cruise Ships and Other Vessels Safe for Passengers and Crew

    The islands of Puerto Rico have a rich maritime history. Since its founding over 500 years ago by Spanish explorers, islanders and visitors have relied on ships and other vessels to move goods, people and provide for recreation. Today, there are a number of major ports that handle freight, cargo and the many cruise ships that either call Puerto Rico home or have it as a major stop on their ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Savvy Environmental, Infection Control and Health & Safety Companies Turn to the IAQ Video Network

    Close to 150,000 people have searched for and watched educational videos produced by the IAQ Video Network.  These educational videos provide a wealth of information given in common terms that are meant to provide professionals, families and individuals with practical knowledge about how to safeguard their health, home and work environments from biological and chemical threats.    ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Legionnaires’ Disease Leads to a $4.5 Million Verdict

    The indoor environmental quality (IEQ) professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide testing services to help prevent or respond to outbreaks of the deadly disease caused by the waterborne bacteria. In November a jury in Calhoun County Circuit Court awarded two men $4.5 million after they were stricken by Legionnaires’ disease.  The two men from the Jefferson County Road Department ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Alliance to Prevent Legionnaires` Disease Launches New Website

    An alliance to prevent Legionnaire's disease has recently launched www.PreventLegionnaires.org, a brand new website aimed at providing the public with information about Legionella bacteria, its source and how individuals become infected with Legionnaires' disease. The website launch coincides with the release of the CDC Vital ...


    By Evapco Inc.

  • Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreaks Cause Concerns

    EMSL Analytical provides Legionella testing solutions to help prevent outbreaks of the deadly disease caused by the waterborne bacteria. Cinnaminson, NJ. The International Conference on Emerging Diseases recently reported that water-related diseases cost the healthcare system as much as $539 million each year.  This alarming figure comes on the heels of several outbreaks of ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Mystery Respiratory Illness Reported after Event at the Playboy Mansion

    The indoor environmental quality (IEQ) professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide testing services to help prevent or respond to outbreaks of respiratory illnesses.   Last week the Associated Press reported the number of individuals sickened, after attending a conference in Santa Monica that included an event at the famous Playboy Mansion, has grown.  The latest reports raise the ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Did Hundreds Become Ill from Airborne Bacteria at the Playboy Mansion?

    Cinnaminson, NJ, March 2nd, 2011 According to a recent report in the Los Angeles Times, the bacteria that cause Legionnaires’ Disease have been discovered in a water source at the Playboy Mansion.  This discovery follows a national media storm after approximately 200 people became ill after attending an event at the California landmark.  A number of people that ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • ASHRAE standard 188P update prevention of legionellosis associated with building water systems

    Public Review Period June 10-July 25, 2011 The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has developed a proposed Standard Practice that specifies what is required to prevent legionellosis associated with building water systems. The proposed Standard Practice was approved in July 2010 for public review publication. The ...


    By Phigenics, LLC

  • Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak Linked to Hospital Fountain

    An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Wisconsin has been linked to a decorative water wall in a hospital lobby, reports the Washington Post. A study published this week indicated that eight people contracted the life-threatening illness in 2010 after they walked by the water wall. None of the individuals were patients at the hospital at that time.   Even with regular ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • 10 Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease Reported in Pennsylvania

    This week, it was reported that ten cases of Legionnaires’ disease have occurred at two care facilities in Western Pennsylvania.  To date, no fatalities have been reported, but three people have been hospitalized with pneumonia-like symptoms.  So far eight cases have occurred at one facility and two at another according to the Allegheny County Health Department. Legionnaires' ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Preventing New Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease in Health Care Environments

    One in four people that contract Legionnaires’ disease from a health care facility dies according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These unsettling figures were posted in June issue of the CDC’s Vitalsigns™ publication.  The focus of the document was to raise awareness of the problem of patients contracting Legionnaires’ disease in ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Hospitals Battle Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs)

    An article in the August issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology discusses how researchers identified contaminated nasal spray as the cause of an outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia in patients at a Denver children’s hospital.  A recent news story from WLWT last week reported on the source of a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at an Ohio hospital in 2010.  WHEC in ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

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