Legipid - Legionella Fast Detection Technology

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The Legipid® test can quickly and effectively detect the amount of free and intact Legionella pneumophila (all serogroups) in water, based on the capture of the bacterium by an interaction that depends on the integrity of the cell envelop, as recognized sensing element regulating the infectivity of this bacterium.

As the test can be applied on-site and/or in laboratory, giving the result in just 1 hour, remedial actions can be taken avoiding sustained periods of infective levels at risk installations. Conventional methods for Legionella pneumophila detection require at least 7 to 15 days for obtaining results.

It is the only test that can satisfy the claiming limits to make corrective actions whether they are based on numeric values (100, 1000, 10000) as percentages of binary results (presence/absence, detected/not detected), because it also allows a quantitative estimation of the level of Legionella pneumophila in the sample.

Low cost of implementation because test run without specific instrumentation and it is designed for a low average cost by analysis.

Certified method.
Legipid is the only quick test for Legionella sp. in the world that has been certified by the AOAC Research Institute (AOAC certificate No. 111101).

Speed.
Legionella can reach infectious levels in just 2-3 days. Legipid yields results in just one hour, compared to the 10-15 days required by the traditional method.

Strategy.
Legionella is not distributed uniformly throughout the entire water circuit and can be found in very different concentrations depending on the point tested.
With Legipid, you can accomplish a representative sampling of the entire facility.

Simplicity.
As simple as following the step-by-step instructions delivered with the kit. You’ll do the test and you’ll obtain a useful and reliable result.

Economic.
The Kit contains everything that’s needed to perform the test. Fewer staff and equipment requirements and a competitive price place this kit as the ideal method for ensuring prevention in your facilities.

Handling.
Working in batches, you’ll be able to conduct up to 20 tests in 1 hour.

60% of the time a person spends at work and at home takes place in the surroundings of different high risk facilities or equipments. Legionellosis is a worldwide health issue. Each year, 6,000 cases are registered in Europe and between 8,000 and 18,000 people are hospitalized in the USA. Mortality rate figures range every year from 6% to 15%, but this is deemed to be an underestimation, since many countries are unable to provide mortality figures.

High risk facilities include:

  • Humidifiers
  • Ornamental fountains
  • Sprinkler water systems in urban environments
  • Fire extinguishing systems that use water
  • Outdoor aerosol equipment that use water Cooling towers and evaporative condensers
  • Hot water systems with water tanks and return circuits
  • Heated water systems with recirculation through high speed water jetsor air injection
  • Industrial humidifiers
  • Internal systems for cold water intended for human consumption (pipes, water tanks, cisterns or mobile tanks). Hot water systems without a return circuit
  • Evaporative cooling equipment which sprays water

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