We have been keeping our eye on the Legionnaires outbreak, our previous posts can be found here
With between 8,000 and 18,000 people being hospitalized annually, controlling Legionella bacteria growth has always been on the radar. With the recent spike in reported cases since July 2015, the disease has claimed twelve lives and hospitalized over 120 people.
Because of the outbreak, New York has required that any and all cooling towers be tested for Legionella bacteria. Any facility equipped with a cooling tower is required to notify the state health department, which has specific guidelines for the testing and treatment of cooling towers in the wake of the reports.
In Rockland County, New York, there were three cases of the disease, one being related to the outbreak in the Bronx. The Rockland County Legionnaires cases were traced to a gas refinery that reopened after having their facility cleaned, allowing the water to stagnate promoting bacterial growth. An inmate at the local penitentiary was also found to have the disease. A Lacey, Washington motel closed its doors after several cases were found but reopened later, showing that New York is not the only state that has reported the disease; cases have been found in Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, and others. A West Chester University employee was found to have the disease. The university is taking action to prevent more cases of the disease.
With more news coming out regularly, please take the time to ensure the testing and treatment of your waste systems is maintained thoroughly. If you would like a Plymouth Technology Water Treatment Specialist to assist you, please contact us at 248-537-0081.