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Does this mean the US is hitting third world status now? Yay! Can't wait for Ebola and Dengue fever. After all, Texas has the West Nile Virus now and our food is getting more and more contaminated with Salmonella and E-coli. Don't forget Mad Cow and Anthrax too! We definately do not want them to feel left out. Perhaps SARS and smallpox will make a comeback.
 

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Does this mean the US is hitting third world status now? Yay! Can't wait for Ebola and Dengue fever. After all, Texas has the West Nile Virus now and our food is getting more and more contaminated with Salmonella and C-coli. Don't forget Mad Cow and Anthrax too! We definately do not want them to feel left out. Perhaps SARS and smallpox will make a comeback.
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You left out bird flu.
 

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Legionnaires facts that i know:

1. It is waterborn but can only be infectous when atomised and breathed - so thats a shower or falling gutter water.
2. Its killed by ultraviolet light - so thats sunlight

Thats about it.
 

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Legionnaires disease (bacteria) is in the air and soil. It gets concentrated and multiplies under the right conditions.

Typically these are a cooling tower that does not have proper biocides. Or a domestic hot water system that is not recirculated and heated high enough to kill the disease.

The usual way that someone will get the disease is through inhalation of a water mist that has the bacteria in it. Cooling towers create a mist through evaporation that can be taken in the ventilation intakes for a building and with the hot water system it is usually the shower head and mist from that.

You can kill it with a simple bleach sterilization procedure of hyper chlorination >100 ppm.

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Legionnaires disease (bacteria) is in the air and soil. It gets concentrated and multiplies under the right conditions.

Typically these are a cooling tower that does not have proper biocides. Or a domestic hot water system that is not recirculated and heated high enough to kill the disease.

The usual way that someone will get the disease is through inhalation of a water mist that has the bacteria in it. Cooling towers create a mist through evaporation that can be taken in the ventilation intakes for a building and with the hot water system it is usually the shower head and mist from that.

You can kill it with a simple bleach sterilization procedure of hyper chlorination >100 ppm.

Monkymate
You should apply for a job at Grady Hospital. They obviously need your help. :)
 

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Actually looking for a job! I did water treatment (commercial, industrial, ultra pure) for over 10 years. If it is a Hospital then you know all about JHCO. They have guidelines on proper treatment and operation of these systems to keep this from happening. BUT from what I have seen not all Hospitals follow the guidelines and even if they think they are their water treatment specialist may not be doing what he is supposed to do. The problem is that testing for the disease is expensive and without the testing you do not know if the bacteria is something harmless to people or if it is Legionnaires.

If I can help just ask.

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Seems to me Legionares Disease comes from breathing air from contaminated air handling equipment,like swamp coolers.
Yup it does.

Grady hospital, where I got my start in EMS, where Paramedics last a average of 8-12 months. What a cesspool of a dump, matter a fact the military sends it's ER and emergency surgery people there to train b/c of the amount of gun shot wounds they see in South Atlanta.

If it weren't for Grady Hospital, the gang and violence in South Atlanta would be a self correcting problem
 

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I was doing my microbiology lab rotation 3 weeks ago, and we had 2 positive Legionnaires. Thought that was kinda weird...
 
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