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  • 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 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Scale, corrosion and Legionella control without chemicals from Elgressy

    27 May 2006: LONDON, UK: Elgressy UK is pleased to be able to offer its unique technology and methodology for water management in open and closed water systems. Taking a simplified and balanced view of water management has allowed Elgressy to create a highly effective system for the control of micro organisms (including Legionella, E-coli, etc.), scale and corrosion without using chemical ...


    By Clarity Authoring

  • 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 ...

  • New York’s IEQ Experts Provide Advice for Coastal Property Managers and Owners

    Some of the nation’s most expensive coastal real estate can be found from Cape May in New Jersey to Long Island’s Gold Coast and up to Newport, Rhode Island. Thousands of multimillion dollar coastal homes are situated on this exclusive stretch of beachfront property.   Having a full time or vacation home on the coast is a dream come true for many ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Phigenics Wins $1 Million Contract with U.S. Federal Government for Energy Management Planning and Strategies & Water Conservation

    Phigenics announced today that it has been awarded a $1 million dollar contract with the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service for Energy Management Planning and Strategies (SIN 871-202) and Water Conservation (SIN 871-210).  This enables U.S. Federal Government facilities that desire to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and overall safety of their ...


    By Phigenics, LLC

  • Phigenics To Deliver Ongoing Smart Water Management Services To VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

    VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System has recently selected Phigenics, LLC, to provide ongoing smart water management services for its facilities. This partnership is part of an ongoing and successful collaboration between Phigenics and one of the nation's largest VA medical centers. For the last six months, Phigenics has worked with VA Pittsburgh to develop one of the most rigorous facility water ...


    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.

  • Delta Unveils World’s First Anti-Microbial Cooling Tower

    The risk of propagation of deadly cooling tower-borne pathogens, such as Legionnaire’s Disease, can be minimized through the use of towers made of anti-microbial HDPE. Legionella, the bacteria that causes potentially fatal Legionnaire’s Disease, and other strains of deadly pathogens that are hosted by some cooling towers, have been substantially reduced by the development of a unique ...


    By Delta Cooling Towers, Inc

  • 1 Death, 6 Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease Reported from Ocean City Hotel Stays

    Maryland’s health department recently announced that one person has died from Legionnaires’ disease after staying at the Plim Plaza Hotel in Ocean City. The department also verified the presence of Legionella bacteria, which causes the disease, at the hotel after analyzing water samples taken from the building.   So far the health department has confirmed six cases of ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • New Standards Expose Building Owners to Legal Liability for Legionnaires’ Disease

    It is expected that the American Society of Refrigeration, Heating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) will pass a new standard (ASHRAE 188) this year for conducting Legionella risk assessments in:   1)       multiple housing units with one or more centralized water heaters 2)       any public or private ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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