Nursing home and Legionnaires disease

Nursing home and Legionnaires disease

Nursing home : A patient tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease

In New Jersey, a patient was two weeks ago tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease. Legionnaires’ disease is a severe and deadly form of pneumonia.  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.

The facility did analysis and closed fountains, ice machines and aerosols. Indeed fountains, whirlpool spas, hot tubs, humidifies, hot water tangs and evaporative condensers of large air-conditioning systems can be some of the plumbing system sources where conditions are favorable for Legionella growth. People are contaminated by inhaling water droplets which are contaminated.

People who are more suceptible to contract the disease are old people, children and people with weakened immune system.

Many places like nursing homes, cooling towers, clinical settings are public places where the control of Legionella bacteria is very important.

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