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Legionnaires’ disease case in Thailand

Legionnaires’ disease case in Thailand

  Legionnaires’s outbreak can occur in clinical settings, hotels and campings. The conditions that ensure a develoment of Legionellla bacteria (which cause Legionnaire disease), are an aquatic environment, temperatures ranch for 30°C to 50°C. In Thailand, a european tourist had contracted legionnaire disease after staying in a hotel. Symptoms could occur 10 day after been in the contaminated area. If analysis are not doing frenquently, it is not easy to prevent residents from Legionella bacteria development.  WHAT TO DO ?…

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Legionnaire disease in Hawaï

Legionnaire disease in Hawaï

Oahu, Legionnaire’ disease detected Last week at the Queen’s Medical Center, a patient contracted Legionnaire’s disease. Legionnaire disease is contracted by inhaling aerosolized water droplets. The bacteria which cause this disease is called Legionella. It grows naturally in fresh water, public plumbing water system and others. The center does analyses to find the potential source. Legionella can develops in plumbing system and spread in showerhead, faucets, hot tubs and cooling towers. The number of cases diagnosed in Hawaii has increased…

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Legionella case suspected in a Hospital

Legionella case suspected in a Hospital

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) and UW Medicine reported a probable Legionella outbreak. This is believed to be an isolated case, Legionella bacteria is not transmitted from person to person. The center have notified people who were on the areas concerned. Many analysis will identify possible source for this exposure.   In response, UW Medical Center installed special filters on all showers and sinks in the inpatient rooms. A robust water management plan was also developed that includes testing and monitoring…

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Legionella bacteria discovered in a hotel.

Legionella bacteria discovered in a hotel.

  Legionnaires’ outbreak appear in differents places like hospitals, hotels, campings, but are not easy to eradiquate. Last year two cases of legionnaires’outbreak were discovered in a hotel. That led to a temporary closure until further analysis. No more cases appeared after this incident. But this month, another outbreak was declared. Indeed, an elevated levels of legionella have been detected and new legionnaires’ disease have been associated. The hotel took measures to solve the problem. Legionella bacteria are found in…

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Staffordshire Housing Association – Legionella is present.

Staffordshire Housing Association – Legionella is present.

Staffordshire Housing Association (SHA) manage around 3000 homes for rent. Last week, analysis showned that Legionella contaminated differents areas of this facility. Bacteria was discovered in the hot water supplies at a flats complex housing hundreds of residents. This problem led to the temporary closure of the communal areas but individual apartments are safe. The director ask to shutdown hot water supplies to the communal areas until the end of the contamination. The contamination was discovered on May, 3 after…

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Legionnaires’ outbreak in Melbourne

Legionnaires’ outbreak in Melbourne

Legionnaires’ outbreak in Mebourne shopping center and Airport West.   Last week had been detect legionnaire’outbreak in Melbourne. Indeed, three men had been in hospital after visiting the same areas in Melbourne and contracting legionnaire’s disease. The department of Health and Human Services is investigating a possible link to cooling towers in Gladstone Park. Cooling towers are areas, where the bacteria legionella could proliferate, contaminate water droplets and be reject in atmosphere lead to legionnaires disease for people who are…

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Legionella in University of Windsor

Legionella in University of Windsor

Legionnaire disease is a potentiel fatal lung infection. It appears with legionella contamination. One year ago, April 2017, at Windsor University the water was shut off during severals days because of legionella presents in pumbing systems. In consequence, each year they do water analysis, that lead to in April 2018 the closing of buildings again. No student residences are affected, according to a spokesperson for the University of Windsor. The affected buildings are: Chrysler Hall Tower Lambton Tower Essex Hall…

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Cryptosporidium

Cryptosporidium

Hydric pathogen microorganismes present in water can be divised in three parts : virus, bacteria and protozoa. Virus and bacteria grow in surface water and underground water, whereas protozoa grow mainly in surface water.   Cryptosporidium Cryptosporidium is a parasite protected by an outer shell that allows it to survive outside the body for long periods of time. This parasite can be spread in several ways but the most common is by water not treated. It is a leading cause of…

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HAI, what is it ?

HAI, what is it ?

HAI’s (Healthcare Associated Infections) also called nosocomial infection are  infection thats are acquired in a hospital or other Healthcare facility .   CAUSE ? These infections develop after germ or bacterial contamination in a healthcare facility. Pathogen agents spread easily trought the skin, so people with a weakened immune system are fragile. The contamination could be from air, water, materials, or food. HAI could appear 30 days after a chirurgical operation or one year after a stranger material in the body…

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France, new application to prevent legionella risk

France, new application to prevent legionella risk

  A french start-up has developed an application which permit to detect conditions that could be appropriate for a legionella development. Indeed, this application provide link to water system to detect temperatures too cold or too hot, optimal conditions in which legionella can develop. Clinical settings could have all day an alert on phone or computer about temperatures in water systems. An innovation which could provide a prevention from legionella risk and lead to a protection for residents or patients….

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