In this Issue:
- Legionnaires’ Outbreak Briefs
- Join us October 22nd for “Legionella Guidelines, Standards, and Prevention Strategies”
- Travel-Associated Legionnaires’ Disease in Europe in 2010
- New Course: “Water Temperatures and Legionella in Plumbing Systems”
1. Legionnaires’ Outbreak Briefs
- Major Outbreak in Germany: Approximately 165 cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the German town of Warstein has been labeled one of the worst outbreaks in the country’s history. Two people have died. According to the early to mid September news reports, the source of Legionella was not confirmed.
- Fourteen Cases in Spain: In August, 14 cases of Legionnaires’ disease were confirmed in persons living in the Eastern Valles region of Catalonia, 11 men and 3 women. Two of the men were 37 and 51 years of age; the other 12 were over 64 years of age. All 14 recovered. A common Legionella source was not mentioned in the news reports.
- Prison in Pennsylvania: Four inmates at a state prison in Somerset County, Pennsylvania were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease in July. After the first case was diagnosed on July 15th, the prison began looking for other cases. A second inmate was diagnosed on July 21st, and the third and fourth on July 24th. Legionella was found in the prison’s cooling towers but not in its plumbing system. The cooling towers were disinfected. Corrections officials said all four inmates have recovered.
- Potting Mix Blamed for Four Cases in Scotland: Late last month, the National Health Service in Scotland investigated four cases of Legionnaires’ diseasee believed to have been caused by Legionella longbeachae found in gardening compost. The four patients, ranging from 62 to 84 years of age, were hospitalized.
- Three Cases in UK: As of last week, health officials were still working to identify the Legionella source responsible for three cases of Legionnaires’ disease recently diagnosed in North Ayrshire.
2. Join us October 22nd for “Legionella Guidelines, Standards, and Prevention Strategies”
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, 8:00-9:00 AM Pacific
Matt Freije will discuss Legionella prevention options in light of current and pending guidelines and standards, give a brief overview of HC Info’s new e-learning course on water temperatures and Legionella, and take questions from the audience.
Click here to register.
3. Travel-Associated Legionnaires’ Disease in Europe in 2010
The June 6th issue of Eurosurveillance included a summary of travel-associated Legionnaires’ disease in Europe in 2010. A total of 864 cases were reported, 24 of which resulted in death. Men outnumbered women by more than 2 to 1. The median age was 61 years for men and 63 years for women. The issue also included a paper summarizing all reported Legionnaires’ cases in Italy from 2000 to 2011. For the full articles, visit http://www.eurosurveillance.org/images/dynamic/EE/V18N23/V18N23.pdf.
4. New Course: “Water Temperatures and Legionella in Plumbing Systems”
The subject of water temperatures and Legionella control involves much more than the commonly published graphic showing the temperature range in which Legionella multiply.
In this new course, Matt Freije attempts to clear up confusion and give practical guidance to facility operators. Course topics include…
- Legionella versus scalding…and other considerations for target temperatures
- Mixing valves: Strategies, types, and before-you-buy considerations
- Checking temperatures: Why, where, what, frequency, and how
- Performance limits: What your temperature readings can tell you
- Ten conditions that can cause temperature problems
The course is available online, at your own pace. The tuition is $197.00 ($147.75 for LAMPS members). Allow approximately two hours to complete the training.
Click here to register.