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  • Legionella Overall Control by Kurita

    Kurita with a long trajectory in the field of Legionella control, can offer in each case the most effective and suitable solutions. Our Lock concept offers a full package for the control, monitoring and treatment of the Legionella. One of the latest innovations in the Legionella control is the rapid detection methods KuriLoc Kit. See more information  ...


    By Kurita

  • Legionella testing in Sea Water

    Several studies have shown that Legionella species survive in sea water even up to saline concentrations of 3% or more and in fact that NaCl may actually protect the bacterium at lower concentrations. R Heller and his colleagues state in a communication to the Letters in Applied Microbiology (1998 Jan;26(1):64-8) that: “The marked bacterial die-off, especially at higher temperatures, was ...


    By Hydrosense Ltd

  • Phigenics Expands Legionella Testing Capacity

    The Phigenics Analytical Services Laboratory (PASL) is pleased to welcome two new members to it staff.  Kevin Chen and Frank Calderone.  Kevin has his Masters and Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences from Northern Illinois University while Frank has his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry & Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of ...


    By Phigenics, LLC

  • Phigenics Achieves CDC Legionella Testing Recertification

    Phigenics, LLC has again achieved the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) Environmental Legionella Isolation Techniques Evaluation (ELITE) certification for the detection, recovery and enumeration of Legionella in water samples. Phigenics has successfully passed the two rounds of proficiency testing necessary to ...


    By Phigenics, LLC

  • 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.

  • Phigenics Receives Patents for Legionella Test

    Today, Phigenics, LLC received notice of allowance from the US Patent and Trademark Office for the third in a series of three patents. The three new patents cover compositions and methods of use for the Phigenics Validation Test® viable Legionella and Total Heterotrophic Aerobic Bacteria field analytical system (the PVT).  The PVT field analytical system provides more accurate ...


    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

  • 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.

  • California Residents Informed of Legionella Risks Associated with Hot Tubs

    According to some reports, there are over 5 million residential hot tubs in the United States and many of these are located across California. Although hot tubs can provide relaxation and fun, if not properly maintained they can also present a health risk. One health concern is due to Legionella bacteria. Legionella is naturally found in water, especially warm ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • 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.

  • Lets Talks Legionella With Ray Field Director Of Liquid Solutions

    ASHRAE Standard 188-2015 has everyone in the industry raising the subject on the most effective way to manage Legionella, including more comprehensive cooling tower maintenance strategies and how these can promote better IAQ. This September 12th – 14th, at the upcoming ...

  • Woman Seeks $5 Million after Contracting Legionnaires’ disease

    Last month, Alabama’s ABC 33/40 published a report about a local woman filing a lawsuit against the owners of a motel in Kentucky. The woman claims she got Legionnaires’ disease at the hotel from a contaminated air conditioning unit.  She is seeking $5 million. Legionnaires' disease is caused by a type of bacteria known as Legionella. The bacteria are found ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • EMSL’s Jason Dobranic Contributes Article to IE Connections

    EMSL Analytical’s Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences, Dr. Jason Dobranic, has written a technical feature article that has been published by IE Connections. His article, “Preventing Legionellosis: ASTM and Proposed ASHRAE 188 Standards” discusses the importance of Legionella prevention and identification. Legionella is a Gram ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Newly published research paper demonstrates test inaccuracies due to sample holding time

    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 below detectable levels ...


    By Phigenics, LLC

  • Legionnaires’ Disease Plagues Luxor Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas

    Health officials in Nevada have reported that Legionella bacteria, which causes Legionnaires’ disease, was found in water samples in the Luxor Hotel-Casino. One man recently died after staying there, and two other guests were sickened by the disease in the spring of last year.   The hotel is owned by MGM Resorts International, which immediately began the remediation process ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Unique sensor for the monitoring of industrial fouling

    For industrial processes that require pumping of various liquid media, equipment fouling has become a costly problem. Fouling is the undesired accumulation of deposits on equipment surfaces such as heat exchangers, pipelines, etc. The presence of these deposits usually reduces system efficiency, thereby increasing energy costs and maintenance-related down time. Therefore, it would be beneficial ...


  • Pennsylvania Hospital Hit with Four Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease

    Earlier this month, it was reported that four patients at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System had contracted Legionnaires’ disease.  Due to the outbreak, officials are on the lookout for more patients who could have been infected with this potentially deadly disease.   Hospital officials, with the help of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have conducted an ...

  • New Solutions for Disinfecting Drinking Water and Wastewater Improve Water Quality and Reduce Risks to Health

    Singapore -- The price and availability of water will have a similar influence on the Asian economies as oil and gas imports do today. 'Through further development of our product lines and systems for disinfection we are making a contribution to meeting the rising demand for fresh water from industry and the population,' explained Roger Radke, who is responsible for global water business at ...


  • 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

  • NFL Tackles MRSA Infections in Tampa Bay

    Last month, it was reported that two Tampa Bay Buccaneers had contracted infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MRSA is a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics and can be difficult to treat. Reports indicate that once the outbreak was identified, the NFL team’s facility was sanitized to help prevent additional ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

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