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Month: February 2018

Legionnaires’ Disease- an issue since 1976

Legionnaires’ Disease- an issue since 1976

Legionnaires’ Disease is a potentially-fatal bacterial lung infection.   1976 First case of Legionnaires’ Disease   The American Legion convention, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, assembled 2000 legionnaires in July 1976 . Three days later, many legionnaires suffered fevers, pain in the lungs, and severe fatigue. In total, 221 people were admitted to the hospital, 34  of them died from their infection. What did these 221 people have in common ? The convention. Consequently an analysis was carried out in the hotel, where…

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Innovation to reduce infection outbreak in hospitals!

Innovation to reduce infection outbreak in hospitals!

An infection acquired in a hospitals setting is called a “Health associated infection (HAI)” or “nosocomial infection”.   These infections can be transmitted within nursing home, hospitals, other clinical settings. they can originate from outside environment,or be contracted via bed linens or air droplets, infecting both clinical staff and patients. In some cases, the bacteria settle on the patient’s own skin, harmless until the patient undergoes certain procedures that compromise the protective skin barrier. In other cases, the source of the…

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Legionella in plumbing systems – “Legionnaires’ cases have increased more than four-fold in the last 15 years.”

Legionella in plumbing systems – “Legionnaires’ cases have increased more than four-fold in the last 15 years.”

Legionella can spread in building plumbing and municipal water systems. It’s important to notice that legionella bacteria thrive in warm and stagnant water. Water is an essential element in industries, lots of structures and more for Humans. We use water many times per days, with showers, faucets, water fountain, etc… So it is important to notice that water have to be controlled and if the bacteria have developed yet, we have to protect residents health. Before close the facility to…

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What is legionella ?

What is legionella ?

Legionella belongs to the Legionellacea family, which includes 48 species. Half of these can infect human beings. They are microscopic bateria which can reach 2 micrometers in size. They are intracellulars, meaning that they live inside cells,but they have the ability to survive outside cells as well.   The Legionella species grow in aquatic environments where optimal temperatures range for 20°C ± 1°C to 45°C ±1°C. Beyond 70°C± 1°C, no more development is possible. Legionella spp. develop especially well in high-temperature water sources . They are present,…

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