Legionella E-news, September 2005
Matthew R. Freije, Editor
**IN THIS ISSUE**
1. Twelve Cases in London
2. Two Hospitals Cited by New York State Health Department
3. New York State Health Department Updates LD Guidelines
4. Sixth International Conference on Legionella, 16-20 October 2005
5. New Legionella Management Plans for Hospitals, Hotels, and Nursing Homes
1. TWELVE CASES IN LONDON
Twelve cases of Legionnaires' disease were associated with south east London in July and August 2005, six of which occurred between 27 and 30 August. All twelve were men, ranging from 31 to 73 years of age. None of the cases has resulted in death. Interviews have indicated potential links for groups of four or five of the cases, but investigators have not found a common area where all twelve either live, work, or have visited. Health officers have tested cooling towers, car washes, and public fountains but have not identified a source of contamination. Testing of the patients’ homes is underway. Source: Eurosurveillance Weekly
2. TWO HOSPITALS CITED BY NEW YORK STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT
On 26 August, The New York State Health Department announced that it had cited the New York Presbyterian Health Care System for violations related to Legionnaires' disease at two of its hospitals. The outbreak that occurred from March to May at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital sickened seven patients, two of whom died. The Department found that Columbia Presbyterian Hospital failed to effectively notify patients and visitors of water restrictions and follow policies and protocols to help detect, monitor and eradicate Legionella bacteria in the water system. The New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Division, was also cited for similar violations related to the monitoring of its water system for Legionella. The full story is posted at http://www.health.state.ny.us/press/releases/2005/2005-08-26_presby_legionnaires.htm
3. NEW YORK STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT UPDATES LD GUIDELINES
The new guidelines are posted at http://www.health.state.ny.us/press/releases/2005/2005-08-26_legionnaires/hospital_guidelines_legionella.pdf
4. SIXTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LEGIONELLA, 16-20 OCTOBER 2005
The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. The details are posted at http://www.legionellaconf.org.
5. NEW LEGIONELLA MANAGEMENT PLANS FOR HOSPITALS, HOTELS, AND NURSING HOMES
HC Information Resources released three new Legionella publications in September:
Legionella Management Plan for Hospitals, http://hcinfo.com/318info.htm
Legionella Management Plan for Nursing Homes and Senior Living Facilities, http://hcinfo.com/319info.htm
Legionella Management Plan for Hotels, http://hcinfo.com/320info.htm
The publications are designed to protect building occupants from Legionnaires' disease and reduce the owner’s legal risk. Based on several guidelines and scientific papers, as well as the author’s experience, the publications outline an overall risk reduction strategy and the latest recommended preventive measures in a format that reads like an in-house policy manual. Each of the management plans is available in paper (softcover) or on a CD for US$149 plus shipping, or can be downloaded at www.hcinfo.com for $119.
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