Texas Indoor Air Quality Professionals Identify Legionella Risks
Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) provides testing and consulting services to identify and resolve cases of Legionella in indoor environments.
IEC provides Legionella and other indoor air quality (IAQ) testing and consulting services for residential, commercial and institutional properties across Texas and the Gulf Coast.
In December, multiple media outlets reported on the tragic case of a Texas newborn who developed Legionnaires’ disease and passed away early last year. The infant was born during a water birth that some health experts believe may have exposed the child to the bacteria that causes the disease.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Each year, between 8,000 and 18,000 people are hospitalized with Legionnaires’ disease in the U.S. However, many infections are not diagnosed or reported, so this number may be higher.” Legionnaires’ disease can exhibit symptoms like many other forms of pneumonia, so it can be hard to diagnose at first. Signs of the disease can include a high fever, chills and a cough. Some people may also suffer from muscle aches and headaches.
Legionnaires’ disease is caused by a type of bacteria known as Legionella. It is found naturally in the environment, usually in water. The bacteria grow best in warm water, like the kind found in cooling towers, hot water tanks, plumbing systems, decorative fountains and hot tubs.
“People can get Legionnaires’ disease when they breathe in a mist or water droplets that have been contaminated with Legionella,” said Hollis L. Horner, President of Indoor Environmental Consultants, Inc. “Fortunately, it can be identified proactively by testing water sources. If an outbreak has already occurred, testing can help to quickly pinpoint the source of the pathogen to prevent further infections.”
IEC provides Legionella and other indoor air quality (IAQ) testing and consulting services for residential, commercial and institutional properties across Texas and the Gulf Coast. To learn more about IEC’s services, please visit www.iecinc.net, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (877) 432-8378.
About Indoor Environmental Consultants, Inc.
IEC began operations in 2001 with some of the nation’s most seasoned professional indoor air quality consultants who already had over 70 years of combined experience. The indoor environmental quality firm specializes in field investigations and assessments of commercial, institutional and residential buildings. Their services, related to fungal (mold), chemical, bacterial, asbestos and particulate pollutants, are offered throughout Texas, the Gulf Coast and the Southwest. IEC is licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a mold assessment company (ACO0114) and an asbestos consultant agency (100329).
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