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Recognition, Evaluation and Control of Legionella in Building Water Systems (AIHce EXP 2015 OnDemand)

Recorded at AIHce 2015
Earn 2.5 Contact Hours

Session Arranger and Moderator: J. Springston, TRC Environmental Corp., New York, NY.

Legionnaires’ disease (LD) was first recognized in 1976 following an outbreak of pneumonia among delegates at the American Legion annual convention held in the Bellevue Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia. In that outbreak, 221 persons became ill and 34 died of a previously unknown disease. Legionella continues to be a risk to building occupants and is the single most common etiologic agent associated with outbreaks involving potable water. To highlight the difficulty of preventing LD, two of the 19 reported Legionella outbreaks in the U.S. in 2009–2010 occurred at healthcare facilities where water treatment programs to control Legionella growth were in place, underscoring the limited effectiveness of current control and monitoring practices for complex plumbing systems. Since LD is transmitted from the environment, and not via person-to-person, the IH model of focusing on the recognition, evaluation, and control of specific environments where Legionella bacteria can grow, is the recommended approach for prevention and control of LD.

Presentations:
• No Standardized Prevention Policy for LD as of 2014
     R. Berkelman, Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA.
• Legionnaires’ Disease Risk Management Strategies: A Critical Update at a Critical Moment
     T. Bernier, S. Smith, Segal, McCambridge, Singer & Mahoney, Baltimore, MD.
• The Importance of Proactively Testing Water Systems for Legionella
     W. Flanders, Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA.
• How Do the New AIHA® Legionella Guidelines Fill Gaps in Current Guidelines and Practices?
     J. Krause, Geosyntec, Temple Terrace, FL.
• Importance of Measurement Error
     W. Flanders, Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA.

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