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  • EMSL Westmont NJ laboratory passes CDC legionella proficiency test

    EMSL Analytical Inc., a leading provider of advanced environmental laboratory services nationwide, received passing Legionella results as part of the US Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) ELITE pilot proficiency test program for Legionella. “As part of an ongoing program to enhance our Quality Control, we were pleased to be asked by CDC to participate in this new program for Legionella ...


  • California microbiology testing laboratory now offering legionella testing

    EMSL Analytical, Inc., a worldwide leader of laboratory testing services and sampling products is pleased to announce the addition of Legionella testing services to their San Leandro, California laboratory to serve health care facilities, indoor air quality and environmental health and safety and professionals. The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends routine monitoring of for ...


  • Legionella chip wins innovation prize

    The TNO Legionella chip has won the first innovation prize awarded by the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO). The prize has been awarded because of the product’s social and economic relevance. In the lab the Legionella chip makes it possible to establish within four hours whether a water sample contains Legionella and, if so, whether this is a pathogenic ...

  • Legionella Outbreak at Las Vegas Resort

    Last week, Reuters reported that an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease occurred in June at a major Las Vegas resort and casino.  According to the report, several guests have been diagnosed and treated for the disease.   The hotel recently conducted water tests and discovered elevated levels of Legionella bacteria in several of the rooms.  The hotel, with over 4,000 rooms, ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • ‘Harmless` microbes may carry legionella

    Relatively harmless microbes which pass through water treatment systems could be allowing dangerous bacteria such as Legionella to reproduce in drinking water supplies, researchers have warned following an international study. Jacquie Thomas, an environmental engineering PhD student in the University of New South Wales Water Research Centre, and Nicholas Ashbolt of the US Environmental ...

  • 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

  • Severn Trent Services automate Legionella

    Severn Trent Services recently introduced a Micro Data Entry (MDE) Barcoding system that will improve data recording for Microbiology analysis. Severn Trent Services prides itself on its drive for quality, but some of their laboratory processes can be prone to human error. To ensure accuracy of data, the quickest solution is to implement a series of checks whereby a colleague verifies an ...


  • Legionella Testing Can Prevent Deaths from Healthcare-Associated Legionella Outbreaks

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that hospitals and healthcare facilities need a water management plan and should test for Legionella. The CDC announced that most deaths from healthcare-associated Legionella outbreaks might have been prevented if healthcare facilities proactively tested for Legionella. EMLab P&K, a TestAmerica company, has the largest ...


    By EMLab P&K

  • CDC ELITE legionella proficiency program certificate awarded to Pure Earth Environmental Laboratory

    Pure Earth has received a Certificate of Proficiency for Legionella Analysis issued by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) ELITE Program. Along with this proficiency program, Pure Earth participates in the Legionella program distributed by the Health Protection Agency of Great Britain. Pure Earth is also a NELAC (water & wastewater) & AIHA/ISO 17025 (indoor air ...

  • 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

  • EMSL Will Host a Free Legionella & ASHRAE 188 Webinar

    EMSL Analytical, Inc. will be hosting a free webinar, “Legionella & ASHRAE 188 – Investigation, Prevention, and Control” on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST. Dr. Jason Dobranic, EMSL Analytical, Inc.’s Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences, will host the webinar and discuss fundamental information regarding legionella and ASHRAE 188. ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Legionella Implicated in the Death of a Health Center Employee

    According to a recent report in The Bellingham Herald, an employee of California’s Richmond Health Center has died of Legionnaires’ Disease.  Testing is currently underway to try to identify the source of the bacteria that causes the disease.  This is not the first time an employee of the center has come down with Legionnaires’ Disease.  Back in 2008, another ...


    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

  • 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.

  • ALS Environmental Extend Legionella Control Association Membership

    Following recent annual assessments conducted at our Legionella laboratory in Coventry, ALS Environmental are pleased to announce the extension of our annual membership with the Legionella Control Association (LCA) until August 2014. In recent years the UK has experienced outbreaks of Legionnaires disease causing health issues for affected individuals and therefore a ...


  • 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.

  • EMSL Toronto is Now CDC ELITE Proficient for Legionella Testing

    EMSL Toronto Lab is now Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ELITE Program Proficient. The ELITE Program was created as a way for laboratories to test their Legionella isolation techniques against standardized samples. Proficiency status indicates that the lab meets or exceeds typical industry standards for recovery of Legionella. ...


    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.

  • EMSL Will Provide Comments on the ASHRAE Proposed Standard for Controlling Legionella

    The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) released the second draft of their proposed standard for controlling Legionella in building water systems.   EMSL Analytical Inc. has offered comments to this document. “This is a well developed standard that provides simple, cost effective solutions to reduce the impact of bacteria in ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • 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

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