Real Stories of Legionnaries’ Disease

Each month we publish a newsletter titled IAQ Website of the Month.  The excerpt below was originally published in the September 2012 newsletter. 

Three people recently died after staying at a hotel in downtown Chicago (just two blocks from our office).  The culprit? Legionella bacteria in the lobby’s decorative fountain.  By reading real stories of Legionaires’ Disease, you will be more prepared to discover risky situations in all building types.

This month’s featured website has a comprehensive list of Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreaks from 1997 all the way up to this month.  The website gives a brief synopsis of the outbreak and describes the cause, if it was reported.  I recommend reading through a few dozen of these descriptions to instill the point that Legionnaires’ Disease is both a common and serious problem.  You’ll find stories of outbreaks linked to cooling towers, hot tubs, fountains, plumbing systems and more.

The website is maintained by a private company, HC Information Resources Inc.  On their website, you’ll also find a decent frequently asked questions section and a list of free articles.  Also check out their archive of e-newsletters and subscribe for free if you would like to receive the current editions via email.

To visit September’s IAQ Website of the Month, follow this link: Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreaks.

To subscribe to this newsletter click the following link: IAQ Website of the Month.

To learn more about Legionnaires’ Disease and other similar topics check out our Certified Microbial Investigator course.

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