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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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 ...


  • 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.

  • Potentially Deadly Legionella Bacteria Discovered Again in Illinois

    Just a few months ago, a number of people developed Legionnaires’ disease after staying at a downtown Chicago hotel.  Tragically several of the infected people died.  Earlier this month, reports surfaced that the same bacteria that cause Legionnaires’ disease had been discovered at three Batavia schools.   Alice Gustafson, Hoover-Wood and Batavia High School were ...


    By EC2 Inc.

  • 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

  • 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 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.

  • Drink it or Sniff it? The use of chlorine dioxide in tackling legionella

    The ‘Drink it or Sniff it’ Water Technical platform at the IHEEM (Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management) Conference 2014 was focused on water quality.  In particular the effects of the HSE’s recently published HSG274 technical guidance on Legionella, and accompanying new L8 Approved Code of Practice (ACoP). Experts in chlorine dioxide and Legionella ...

  • 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.

  • EMLab P&K passes legionella testing proficiency, becomes CDC ELITE member

    EMLab P&K's main laboratories pass CDC's proficiency requirements for Legionella testing and analysis, achieving CDC ELITE member status. EMLab P&K receives certificate of proficiency for CDC's Environmental Legionella Isolation Techniques Evaluation (ELITE) program. All three of EMLab P&K's main laboratories achieved the distinction as member of CDC ELITE, including in San Bruno, CA, ...


    By EMLab P&K

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