The Risk of Legionella Lurking in Water Systems after COVID Closures

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As schools begin to reopen in certain communities, in addition to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, officials are also worried about the increased risk of deadly illnesses caused by bacteria after months of closures. In fact, a dozen schools have already reported the detection of Legionella in their water systems, a warning to…

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Avoiding Legionnaires’ Outbreaks as Businesses Reopen

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Amid COVID-19, remote work became the new normal, with the doors to most commercial offices closed for at least 90 days. The same was true for hotels, restaurants, theaters, gyms, factories, and other businesses that have been temporarily shut due to the pandemic. As businesses reopen, now there are also concerns about Legionnaires’ outbreaks, a…

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Preventing Legionella Before It Infects the Masses

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Legionnaires’ disease may not make front-page news every week, but when it hits a community, it can be devastating.  Hotels with pools and hot tubs, property owners with buildings that have cooling towers or fountains—and anyone nearby can be affected. If the naturally occurring bacterium Legionella gets out of balance, it can make people very…

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Managing Risk: Preventing Legionella

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Updated July 6, 2017: Recent Cases Underscore Legionella Exposure Since we originally wrote this article there have been several new cases of Legionella reported where people have died and fell ill. In June, one person died and six became ill in the Lenox Hill neighborhood in New York where investigators are looking into the air-conditioning…

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From the Claim Files: Crisis Response and Legionella

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The Claim: Three victims contracted legionnaires disease after a stay at a 62 room resort in North Carolina. Even before testing confirmed that the bacteria that causes legionnaires disease, legionella, was present in the hotel’s hot tub, the story was reported to the CDC, several news channels, and other media outlets.

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