18 Sickened From Harlem Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak, City Says

Well over a dozen people have now been sickened and hospitalised from Legionnaires’ disease in Harlem, as the city searches for its origin. A water cooling tower in the Bronx that was found to have traces of legionella during a 2015 outbreak. The city recently finished inspecting and disinfecting cooling towers in Harlem amid a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak here. (Andrew Burton/Getty …

Organigram denies negligence in 2019 legionnaires’ disease outbreak

Organigram has denied negligence in court filings relating to the 2019 legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Moncton that left 16 people ill. Twelve of those who became ill are suing the Moncton-based cannabis grower, alleging it failed to properly test and clean its cooling towers, resulting in high levels of legionella bacteria that caused the 2019 outbreak. McInnes Cooper lawyer David Wallace filed statements of …

Update expected on Moncton-area legionnaires’ disease outbreak

Public Health may offer the first update Tuesday in two weeks on an outbreak of legionnaires’ disease in the Moncton region. Dr. Yves Léger, regional medical officer of health, told reporters on Aug. 16 that cooling towers would be tested to determine the source of the outbreak. Samples from some of the seven who have become ill would be cultured and sent to a Quebec lab. …

Recent Legionnaires’ Outbreaks Concern Health Officials

The New York City Department of Health announced that it was investigating a community cluster of Legionnaires’ disease in Central Harlem, which as of Friday, August 20, had grown to 12 cases. On Wednesday, officials had confirmed that at least nine were hospitalized with the illness since August 9. Meanwhile, Duke University said Thursday that about 84 adults who had been attending a basketball camp on …

Duke Fantasy Basketball Campers Exposed To Bacteria That Causes Legionnaires Disease

Duke University officials say that more than 80 people are being treated for an illness after having been exposed to the bacteria that causes Legionnaires disease. The outbreak occurred among adults who attended a basketball fantasy camp called “The K Academy” earlier this month. Participants paid $12,500 per-person to attend a weeklong camp from Aug. 11 to 15, where they …

RMT threatens strike action over legionella on trains

An article released by the BBC states how a rail line company has had traces of Legionnaires disease on their trains. A rail union has said it will consider strike action over the threat of “potentially lethal” legionella bacteria found on Thameslink trains. Trace amounts of legionella were found in seven toilets on four trains. Thameslink said the toilets had …

Council rolls out technology to tackle deadly Legionella

Hundreds of devices are being set up around Watford to monitor the presence deadly Legionella bacteria. Watford Borough Council has partnered with a local firm IoT Solutions Group to keep an eye on the bacteria that is responsible for Legionnaires’ disease. The firm’s Internet of Things technology is a system of internet-connected objects that collect and transfer data without human intervention. Devices are battery-powered …

Still no source, 7 active cases in Moncton’s Legionnaires’ disease outbreak

The number of cases in the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in the Moncton area remains at seven, though two are still in hospital, and one of those patients is in the intensive care unit. “So far, most of them have been on the road to recovery, which is good news,” says Dr. Yves Léger, the east region’s medical officer of health. “We’re …

‘Very surreal experience’: Legionnaires’ disease survivor calls for registry, maintenance laws

As New Brunswick Public Health officials continue to investigate a legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Moncton, a university professor and a survivor of the illness are echoing calls for a provincial-led registry of cooling towers. Legionnaires’ disease is caused by bacteria called legionella that can be found in natural bodies of water, such as ponds, lakes and streams, as well as in …

Decon Pete – water quality and the potential risks of legionella

This month Decon Pete discusses legionella formation and things to consider when reopening dental surgeries. Water quality, within dentistry, is an extremely important element that needs maintaining to reduce any potential pathogen risk. In particular legionella pneumophila. Dental practices have, for some time now, not been operating at full capacity. With many utilising additional surgeries for the donning and doffing …