Legionella Control News

  • 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.

  • Hot Tubs Contaminated with Legionella Bacteria Identified through PCR Testing

    High water temperatures in environments such as hot tubs can make it difficult to maintain the disinfectant levels needed to kill organisms like Legionella. Legionella is a type of bacteria that can cause a form of pneumonia known as Legionnaires’ disease. Each year, between 8,000 and 18,000 people in the United States are hospitalized with Legionnaires’ disease, a condition ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Legionella, Legionnaires’ Disease & Hot Tubs 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.  Their latest educational video discusses Legionnaires’ disease and hot tubs as a potential source of Legionella bacteria.   Legionella is a type of bacteria that ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Legionnaires’ Disease Kills 3 at Chicago Hotel

    According to Fox News, a Legionnaire’s disease outbreak that developed in a Chicago hotel has killed three and infected seven others. At this time, the hotel has not determined where the infectious Legionella bacteria originated, but has taken precautions by draining its fountain in the hotel lobby, the pool, and the hot tub. It also has shut down a portion of its spa. At ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • New controller platform - Dulcometer Multi-Parameter Controller diaLog DACa

    The diaLog DACa was developed for continuously measuring and controlling the parameters needed for water treatment. The new controller platform is taking the place of the D1Ca/D2Ca controller from ProMinent. The multi-parameter controller is available in versions with one or two channels. The corresponding sensors can be connected per channel using an mV or mA input. Customers can choose from ...

  • Could Legionella Bacteria Be Contaminating Your Hot Tub?

    Hot tubs that are operated and maintained improperly provide a perfect breeding ground for Legionella bacteria. Exposure to Legionella can cause potentially deadly Legionnaires’ disease and non-fatal Pontiac fever. Legionnaires’ disease is a severe, potentially fatal and debilitating form of pneumonia that has long term effects after the disease has been treated. Pontiac fever is a ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 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.

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