Deadly Legionnaires' outbreak at Atlanta hotel is the largest on record in Georgia

An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease tied to a prominent Atlanta hotel is the largest recorded Legionella outbreak in Georgia, an official with the public health department told CNN on Sunday.
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én P Abstract Healthcare-associated Legionnaires' disease (HCA LD) can cause nosocomial outbreaks with high death rates. We compared community-acquired LD cases with HCA LD cases in Europe during 2008-2017 using data from The European Surveillance System. A total of 29 countries reported 40,411 community-acquired and 4,315 HCA LD cases. Of the HCA LD cases, 2,937 (68.1%) were hospital-acquired and 1,378 (31.9%) were linked to other healthcare facilities. The odds of having HCA LD were higher for women, children and persons 60 years of age. Out of the cases caused by Legionella pneumophila with a known serot...
Source: Emerging Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Emerg Infect Dis Source Type: research
The move highlights the risk of Legionnaires ’ disease outbreaks when buildings are reopened after coronavirus lockdowns.
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In July 2018, a large outbreak of Legionnaires ’ disease (LD) caused byLegionella pneumophila serogroup 1 (Lp1) occurred in Bresso, Italy. Fifty-two cases were diagnosed, including five deaths. We performed an epidemiological investigation and prepared a map of the places cases visited during the incubation period. All sites identified as potential sources were investigated and sampled. Association between heavy rainfall and LD cases was evaluated in a case-crossover study. We also performed a case –control study and an aerosol dispersion investigation model. Lp1 was isolated from 22 of 598 analysed water sampl...
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(NSF International) A new policy report, Electronic Registration Systems for Cooling Towers - Improving Public Health and Sustainability Outcomes, published by the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) proposes a standardized yet flexible template for cooling tower registries that are designed to improve health outcomes, address disparity in affected populations, and increase water and energy efficiency.
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Guidelines now discourage the use of geographic locations (like Zika virus), animals (swine flu) or groups of people (Legionnaires' disease) in naming diseases.
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K. Decker The rapid identification of Legionella pneumonia is essential to optimize patient treatment and outcomes, and to identify potential public health risks. Previous studies have identified clinical factors which are more common in Legionella than non-Legionella pneumonia, and scores have been developed to assist in diagnosing cases. Since a Legionella pneumonia outbreak at VA Pittsburgh in 2012, nearly all patients with pneumonia have been tested for Legionella. The purpose of this study was to evaluate distinguishing characteristics between Legionella and non-Legionella pneumonia with the application of univers...
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In this study, we assessed the frequency of Legionnaires’ disease among pneumonia cases treated at a large community hospital over a summer season. We invited all admitted patients diagnosed with pneumonia, able to provide a urine sample for an antigen test, presenting from May to October 2018, to enroll in our study; 35 patients were tested for the presence of Legionella. Out of 33 patients tested, 9 (28%) were positive for Legionella. Three sets of the 9 Legionella cases exhibited spatiotemporal clustering indicative of LD outbreaks. Only one of the 9 Legionella UAT-positive patients presented a sporadic case o...
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Using next-generation DNA sequencing, the authors find that multiple L. pneumophila strains were associated with two Legionnaires'disease outbreaks in Flint, Michigan.Emerging Infectious Diseases
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Publication date: Available online 15 November 2019Source: Biochemical Engineering JournalAuthor(s): M. Amirul Islam, Walid M. Hassen, Azam F. Tayabali, Jan J. DubowskiAbstractDetection of pathogenic Legionella pneumophila by culture-based methods is not efficient in predicting outbreaks of the Legionnaires’ disease. The main problem is the relatively slow time-to-result and the inability of some culture media to support the growth of viable bacteria. One strategy to alleviate these issues is developing biosensors functionalized with mammalian antibodies designed to capture bacteria. However, mammalian antibodies are...
Source: Biochemical Engineering Journal - Category: Biochemistry Source Type: research
Source: International Journal of Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Source Type: research
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