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1 Death, 6 Cases of Legionnairesí Disease Reported from Ocean City Hotel Stays

EMSL Analytical, Inc. provides testing for Legionella bacteria


Marylandís health department recently announced that one person has died from Legionnairesí 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 Legionnairesí disease in people who stayed there, reports the Washington Post. The hotel is now closed for the season.

Legionnairesí disease is a very serious form of pneumonia that results in long term health effects or a flu-like illness called Pontiac Fever. Legionella bacteria are spread through mist or vapor from contaminated water in cooling towers, hot tubs, faucets, and showerheads. The use of certain rheumatoid arthritis and chemotherapy drugs can increase the risk of contracting Legionnairesí disease.

ďEMSL Analytical, Inc. offers Legionella testing by both the culture method and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR),Ē states EMSLís Business Development Manager, Diane Miskowski, MPH. ďThese testing methods can quickly and accurately identify water systems that contain the bacteria.Ē

More information about†Legionella†can be found at In addition, EMSL has sponsored a public outreach video about†the bacteria, which can be viewed at

To learn more about†EMSLís Legionella†and other IAQ testing services, please visit, email†,†or call (800) 220-3675 x 2528.

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of quality environmental and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public.††The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal agencies.†


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