Latest news about legionella risk management, regulatory framework and detection methods.
Pseudomonas, Cryptosporidium, Legionella…What Germs Lurking in Swimming Pools and Spas Should you Watch Out for?
In midsummer, particularly during heat waves, people flock to public swimming pools and spas throughout the Western hemisphere. Overcrowding leads to higher concentrations of microbes of all kinds, against which chlorinated treatments are not always fully effective....
Despite risk control policies and awareness efforts by health authorities, Legionnaires’ disease remains underdiagnosed. Adding to the illness severity is the constraint of waiting for at least ten days to reach diagnostic certainty as well as a very particular serogroup distribution.
Health facilities are at particularly high risk of legionella infection. Their large, complex water and air conditioning systems are an ideal growth environment for this pathogenic bacterium. Hospitals, retirement homes and clinics serve vulnerable populations, highly exposed to the most severe form of Legionnaires’ disease. As a result, health facilities are subject to stricter controls than other types of public buildings and must implement an efficient prevention strategy.
Fans, air conditioners, mist coolers, swimming pools and fountains … With a temperature averaging 40°C in most of Europe, all means are being used to stay cool. Emergency plans have been activated in many regions and shops are running out of cooling equipment.
How to explain the strong upward trend in legionella reported cases and the unequal distribution by country compared to their respective population within the EU?