Legionella Found in a Florida Hospitalís Water
EMSL Analytical offers legionella testing services to healthcare facilities.
Earlier in January, a hospital located in Orlando, Florida tested positive for†Legionella.†Testing was conducted after a patient was discovered to be infected by†Legionella. According to hospital officials, the water system has been flushed by an outside company.†
Legionella†is a type of bacteria that is commonly found in water and can occur naturally in the environment or in manmade environments. When aerosolized water containing†Legionella†is inhaled or aspirated, it can cause Legionnairesí disease. Symptoms of Legionnairesí disease include fever, chills and coughing. ††Past outbreaks have been associated with plumbing systems, cooling towers, hot tubs, hot water tank and decorative fountains.†
ďAs of June 2015, the ASHRAE 188 Standard for preventing Legionellosis in buildings was adopted,Ē said Diane Miskowski, MPH, National†Legionella†Program Manager at EMSL Analytical, Inc. ďIt is recommended that owners of all healthcare facilities and public buildings prepare a building water management plan to assess the potential exposure and health risk for Legionellosis. Validation of the plan should be confirmed by doing regular†Legionella†testing.Ē†
To help prevent cases of Legionnairesí disease, EMSL offers Legionella testing services and sampling supplies at its 13 CDC ELITE certified†Legionella†laboratories throughout North America. EMSL now offers a†Legionella Pocket Guide†to provide information about the bacteria and sampling techniques. To request a free copy of this guide, please†click here.†
To learn more about†Legionella†and our testing services, please visit†www.LegionellaTesting.com†or for service questions, please contact EMSLís Diane Miskowski, MPH, for expert information at 1-800-220-3675 extension 2528. †
To view a complete list of EMSLís laboratory locations, accreditations and capabilities, please visit†www.EMSL.com. For more information about EMSLís testing services please call (800) 220-3675 or email† info@EMSL.com .
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, indoor air quality, consumer product and materials testing services and products for professionals and the general public.† The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.†
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