Seattle, WA —KIRO 7 TV revealed that Legionella, which causes a potential serious type of pneumonia, was found in some
of the University of Washington Medical Center’s water supply. It is stated that two people who received care in the cardiac unit died with contributing factors of Legionella bacteria that can cause Legionaries’ Disease.
This incidence further strengthens the need of a “Water Management Plan” for the management and prevention of Legionella related issues. According to Building Operating Management magazine, expert Victor Yu, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh; Chief, Infectious Disease Section, VA Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA disclosed that “Up to 70% of all buildings greater than three stories in the US may be contaminated with Legionella.”
Legionella identification and prevention in buildings and hospitals is not very difficult. A few systematic steps can avoid the contraction of Legionella from an environmental source. These steps include, but are not limited to, periodical monitoring of a building’s water system, laboratory testing for Legionella, and remedial/preventive maintenance. “Now with cutting edge PCR technology, the potential Legionella contamination in water can be screened within a few hours.” stated by Dr. Rajiv Sahay, Laboratory Director, Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory at Pure Air Control Services, Inc., Clearwater, Florida.
Dr. Sahay, with EDLab, provides free webinars on Legionella related topics periodically. Stay tuned for dates and times for one such webinar by visiting the EDLab website.
For more information on developing a proactive Legionella testing program for your buildings call the Building Scientists at Pure Air Control Services or go to: Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory (EDlab), a CDC ELITE laboratory (contact Dr. Rajiv Sahay 1-800-422-7873 ext 304).
About Pure Air Control Services, Inc.
Pure Air Control Services, Inc. was founded in 1984 as a small mechanical contracting firm and today, the firm sets the industry standard for indoor environmental quality diagnosis and remediation. Pure Air Control Services nationally performed services include: Building Sciences Evaluation; Building Health Check; EDLab a CDC ELITE Environmental Microbiology Laboratory; Environmental Project Management; PURE-Steam Coil Cleaning, HVAC system cleaning and Mold Remediation Services, among other indoor environmental services.
The company’s expanding client roster includes: Harvard University, Jones, Lang LaSalle (JLL), FAA, General Services Administration (GSA); Allstate Insurance; CBRE, Carrier Air Conditioning; NAVFAC, DOT, USACE, US Army, and many other Fortune 500 companies, school boards, and city, state, and county governments, making Pure Air Control Services the reliable industry leader. For more information on Pure Air Control Services, Inc. please contact Alan Wozniak or Dr Rajiv Sahay (800) 422-7873 ext 802 or 303 respectively, or explore this website.