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Preventing Legionellosis

By
William F McCoy
William F McCoy
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IWA Publishing
Volume
5
ISBN electronic:
9781780402512
Publication date:
January 2006

Preventing Legionellosis covers the biology of Legionella and presents a comprehensive review of best practices for legionellosis prevention from around the world.

Recent outbreaks, climbing incidence rates and pending lawsuits have raised public awareness about legionellosis, a serious, preventable form of pneumonia that can be contracted from water systems in buildings. Legionellosis has harmed millions of people worldwide and causes annual monetary losses in the billions. However, to really understand the effects of the disease, one must listen carefully as the victims, or their survivors, describe the suffering they have endured.

Victims who recover from legionellosis often suffer severe pulmonary disease that can cause long-term or permanent damage. Debilitating effects to kidneys and in the nervous system can occur within days after becoming infected. Therefore, curing the acute illness is not nearly good enough. Prevention of the disease is necessary.

Fundamentally, legionellosis is evidence of the failure to properly maintain water systems. It is the only cause of serious pneumonia that people get from their building’s water systems. Most cases result from inadequate water treatment and poor water system management. Commercial conflicts of interest often impede correct action for the prevention of legionellosis.

Legionellosis is preventable. The biological hazard caused by Legionella bacteria in water systems can be eliminated or reduced to acceptable levels under operating conditions. Many thousands of legionellosis cases could be prevented each year if hazard control methods were used within the context of well-designed hazard analysis and control plans.

Every building water facility should have a water management plan and budget that includes water safety.

This title belongs to OECD Report Series

ISBN: 9781843390947 (Print)

ISBN: 9781780402512 (eBook)

Preventing Legionellosis
By: William F McCoy
DOI: https://doi.org/10.2166/9781780402512
ISBN (electronic): 9781780402512
Publisher: IWA Publishing
Published: 2006

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