Legionella Control News

  • Legionella Bacteria Identified with PCR and DNA Sequencing

    Recently, Legionella has made the news as outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease have been reported from Maryland to the United Kingdom and Spain.  These Gram-negative pathogenic bacteria can be found in natural, freshwater environments across much of the globe, but they are typically present in insufficient numbers to cause disease.  Unfortunately, various manmade environments can ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • 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 ...

  • Legionnaires’ Outbreak Connected to Maryland Condo Complex

    Several months ago, WMDT reported that an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease had occurred in Maryland. Two people who had stayed at a condo complex came down with Legionnaires’ disease and the bacteria that causes the illness, Legionella, was found in the facility’s water system.   Legionella is a Gram-negative pathogenic type of bacteria.  It ...

  • Pontiac Fever & Legionella Discussed in New Online Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of another online video to help educate the public about issues that may impact their health.  The latest educational video discusses Pontiac Fever and Legionella bacteria.   Pontiac Fever is an infection caused by a type of bacteria known as ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Eliminating the need for Chemicals for Water treatment

    UK Based Fluid Dynamics announces that   a totally CHEMICAL FREE  totally GREEN water treatment system is s now possible. Since 1973 Fluid Dynamics has been manufacturing non chemical water treatment systems Eliminating the addition of harmful salt in water softeners  and  chemicals so dangerous that they can only be handled wearing protective clothing . Eliminating the ...

  • Phigenics launches value added reseller program for patented legionella testing technology

    Phigenics LLC, the water services company who is revolutionizing water management with smart analytics software and innovative biological hazard analyses, announced today that it is expanding access to its patented Legionella testing technology to the global water treatment industry. Qualified water treatment providers, consultants, equipment suppliers and analytical laboratories are invited to ...


    By Phigenics, LLC

  • Phigenics Research Challenges Accuracy of Conventional Legionella Testing Protocol

    Phigenics LLC, an innovative water management services company, announced today the publication of a research paper that demonstrates up to 33% false-positive test results for Legionella bacteria when following conventional sampling methods. A false-positive result means the test indicated Legionella was present in the water system at detectable levels when in fact it was ...


    By Phigenics, LLC

  • Maryland Hotel Sued after Guest Contracts Legionnaire’s Disease

    After six guests at Ocean City, MD’s historic Boardwalk hotel contracted Legionnaire’s disease last summer, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Worcester County Health Department confirmed the presence of Legionella in the hotel’s water system. Five months later, one of the six guests has filed a $6 million lawsuit against the hotel. Extensive testing ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Victim of Legionnaires’ Disease Files Lawsuit against Maryland Hotel

    Last October, The Baltimore Sun reported that three people had been hospitalized for Legionnaires’ disease.  The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced the illnesses, which occurred after the individuals stayed at an Ocean City hotel.   The hotel was later closed for several days to perform tests on the water systems to try and locate the bacteria that ...

  • 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

  • Woman Dies After Contracting Legionnaires’ Disease at Dentist Office

    An elderly Italian woman died after contracting Legionnaires’ Disease from the water in her dentists’ office in February of last year. Scientists investigating her death said that during the incubation period of her illness, she only left her house twice to visit her dentist. After testing both locations for Legionella bacteria, they found the contamination in the water line supplying ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • An Update on ASHRAE Standard 188P: Prevention of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems

    Recent publications indicate recognition that ASHRAE Standard 188P, Prevention of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems, is moving steadily toward final approval. Already the proposed Standard has been published twice in public review format. The second publication of the Standard appeared in a public review that closed July 25, 2011. Final approval of the Standard is anticipated ...


    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.

  • Legionnaires’ Disease Strikes in New $708M Government Headquarters in Hong Kong

    Authorities are now disinfecting Hong Kong’s Central Government Offices after testing in the offices indicated high levels of Legionella bacteria, which causes Legionnaires’ disease. Last month Education Secretary Michael Suen was hospitalized with the potentially deadly illness, and his diagnosis prompted the investigation. The expensive, brand new government compound was opened last ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease In Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut Nearly Double

    The total number of Legionnaires’ cases in Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut has nearly doubled from last year, reports Reuters. Many states in New England had dramatic increases as well, but surprisingly states in other parts of the country did not. For example, California confirmed only slightly more cases than last year.   New York and Pennsylvania also saw large jumps ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • B & V Water Treatment launches revolutionary product which kills all harmful microbes

    A revolutionary product which kills harmful water borne microbes including legionella and pseudomonas has been launched by one of the UK’s leading water treatment companies. B & V Water Treatment, which was recently named one of the brightest companies in the UK by the Daily Telegraph, expects sales of Absulox, launched this autumn, to be phenomenal as users experience its efficacy at ...


    By B & V Water Treatment

  • Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak at Maryland Hotel

    Last week, The Baltimore Sun reported that three people have been hospitalized for Legionnaires’ disease.  The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced the illnesses which occurred after the individuals stayed at an Ocean City hotel.   The hotel was closed several days before the end of the season to perform tests on the water systems to try and locate ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Daily Telegraph names B&V one of the UK’s 1,000 brightest businesses

    Northamptonshire based B & V Water Treatment has been named one of the top 1,000 brightest businesses in Britain by the Daily Telegraph – the only water treatment company to be selected. B&V, one of the UK’s leading legionella control and water treatment companies, has been praised for weathering the economic storm and is tipped to form the backbone of Britain’s ...


    By B & V Water Treatment

  • CBS Affiliate Utilizes the IAQ Video Network’s Legionella Video

    This week, WRBL, a CBS affiliate from Georgia, reported about the death of a man caused by Legionnaires’ disease.  Army officials from the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, are conducting tests following the man’s death.  In their latest news report from last night, WRBL used parts of an online educational video produced by the IAQ Video Network during the evening ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • 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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