Disneyland cooling tower likely source of Legionnaires ’ disease outbreak
A Legionnaires ’ disease outbreak near Disneyland last year might have been caused by mist from a cooling tower, according to an Orange County health official. Dr. Matthew Zahn, medical director for epidemiology at the Orange County Health Care Agency, told an appeals board judge at the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration that tests around the time of the disease outbreak showed high levels of Legionella bacteria in two of Disneyland’s cooling towers, which likely spread… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 6, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: I-Chun Chen Source Type: news

Two clusters of Legionnaires' disease traced back to Walmart and nursing home in Illinois
Three people who said they shopped at a Walmart in Johnsburg tested positive for the infection as did two residents of the Warren Barr South Loop nursing home in Chicago. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Italy confirms Legionnaires' outbreak from cooling towers
Officials in northern Italy say they have confirmed that commercial water cooling towers were the source of a Legionnaires' outbreak that sent more than 400 people to the hospital with pneumonia (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Legionnaire's outbreak at Disneyland
Three employees at the park in Anaheim, California, contracted the life-threatening condition in the last year, with two requiring hospital treatment. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Legionnaires' Disease: Why Is This Potentially Deadly Disease Seemingly On The Rise?
An recent outbreak in Hampton, New Hampshire. Residents getting sick at a Bronx, NY, housing facility. The rise in Legionella infections may be an early warning of bigger problems. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 3, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

1 Dead, 11 Others Sickened In Hampton Beach Legionnaires ’ Outbreak
HAMPTON, N.H. (CBS) – New Hampshire health officials confirmed Thursday that one person has died from pneumonia linked to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the popular beach town of Hampton. Health officials say one elderly adult died from complications related to the disease. Eleven other people tested positive for Legionnaire’s disease. The state has been investigating the cases at Hampton Beach in the area of Ashworth Ave. between Island Path and M Street. As a precaution, the NH Department of Health and Human Services (DPHS) has closed the hot tubs at Sands Hotel and the Harris Sea Ranch Motel. ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Hampton Beach Legionnaires Disease Local TV Source Type: news

Michigan's Health Director Faces Trial in Two Flint Deaths Michigan's Health Director Faces Trial in Two Flint Deaths
A judge ruled that the state's director of Health and Human Services will face manslaughter charges after delayed notification of an outbreak of Legionnaires'disease tied to the Flint water scandal.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Judge orders trial of Michigan official over Flint deaths
Nick Lyon is accused of failing to issue a timely alert to the public about a Legionnaires' outbreak (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - August 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What deadly bacteria lies in your swimming pool? From Legionnaires ’ disease to ‘hot tub rash’
Research by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that 493 disease outbreaks from 2000-to-2014 caused symptoms in around 27,000 people and even killed eight. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NY Legionella Death; Novel Flu Drug Passes Hurdle; Tularemia Mouse Wine
(MedPage Today) -- News and commentary from the world of infectious diseases (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - July 18, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Increase in VA Legionnaires' Disease Rates From 2014 to 2016
MONDAY, June 18, 2018 -- There was an increase in Legionnaires'Disease (LD) from 2014 to 2016, according to a study published online June 15 in JAMA Network Open. Shantini D. Gamage, Ph.D., M.P.H., from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

VA Gets Legionnaires' Disease Under Control (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Rates among Veterans Affairs hospital patients falls by half, even as national cases soar (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - June 17, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Legionnaires' disease: guidance, data and analysis
This Guidance Collection covering the symptoms, diagnosis, management, surveillance and epidemiology of Legionnaires'disease was updated in April 2018. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pelzman's Picks: An Uptick in Legionnaire's
(MedPage Today) -- Also, the possible legalization of hallucinogenic mushrooms (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - May 29, 2018 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

CDC IDs Outbreak Trends Tied to Treated Recreational Water
FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 -- Outbreaks associated with treated recreational water with confirmed infectious etiology are usually caused by Cryptosporidium, Legionella, or Pseudomonas, according to research published in the May 18 issue of the U.S.... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 25, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Complementing conventional antibiotics
(Goethe University Frankfurt) Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major medical problem worldwide, impacting both human health and economic well-being. A new strategy for fighting bacteria has now been reported in the latest online issue of Nature by a research group headed by Prof. Ivan Dikic at the Goethe University Frankfurt. The scientists revealed the molecular action mechanism of a Legionella toxin and developed a first inhibitor. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - May 23, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Hotel Pools and Hot Tubs Are Major Sources of Waterborne Illness Outbreaks, CDC Says
You may want to think twice before taking a dip on your next vacation, according to the results of a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Between 2000 and 2014, the CDC recorded 493 disease outbreaks related to treated recreational water, resulting in more than 27,000 illnesses and eight deaths. And in almost a third of those outbreaks, the infections could be traced back to hotel pools, hot tubs and spas, the CDC says. In hotels, pools were a major culprit, but 65 cases stemmed from hot tubs or spas. Of the outbreaks with a confirmed cause, the vast majority — 94% — were due t...
Source: TIME: Health - May 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Outbreaks Associated with Treated Recreational Water - United States, 2000-2014
During 2000-2014, 493 outbreaks associated with treated recreational water caused at least 27,219 cases and eight deaths. Outbreaks caused by Cryptosporidium increased 25% per year during 2000-2006; however, no significant trend occurred after 2007. The number of outbreaks caused by Legionella increased 14% per year. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - May 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

One dead, two hospitalized by Legionnaire ’s cluster in the Bronx 
All three cases of the severe lung infection that spreads through inhaling contaminated water vapor have been linked back to three connected buildings in the Bronx neighborhood of New York City. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Test to rapidly identify Legionnaires' disease designed by researchers
A DNA test allowed New York City health officials to rapidly identify a Legionnaires' disease outbreak source, leading researchers to urge widespread adoption. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

DNA testing can rapidly solve Legionnaires' disease outbreaks
(NSF International) A DNA test method called polymerase chain reaction allowed New York City health officials to identify the source of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak within hours of specimen collection and should be considered in all Legionnaires' outbreak investigations, researchers say in the April issue of the Journal of Environmental Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - April 10, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Researchers develop model to show how bacteria grow in plumbing systems
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Bacteria in tap water can multiply when a faucet isn't used for a few days, such as when a house is vacant over a week's vacation, a new study from University of Illinois engineers found. The study suggests a new method to show how microbial communities, including those responsible for illnesses like Legionnaires' disease, may assemble inside the plumbing systems of homes and public buildings. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 29, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Legionnaires' disease: guidance, data and analysis
This guidance collection, covering the symptoms, diagnosis, management, surveillance and epidemiology of Legionnaires'disease was updated in March 2018. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Adorable Rubber Ducky Is Actually a Haven for Nasty Bacteria, Scientists Say
(BERN, Switzerland) — Scientists now have the dirt on the rubber ducky: Those cute yellow bath-time toys are — as some parents have long suspected — a haven for nasty bugs. Swiss and American researchers counted the microbes swimming inside the toys and say the murky liquid released when ducks were squeezed contained “potentially pathogenic bacteria” in four out of the five toys studied. The bacteria found included Legionella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium that is “often implicated in hospital-acquired infections.” The study by the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Scienc...
Source: TIME: Health - March 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Frank Jordans and Jamey Keaten / AP Tags: Uncategorized APH healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Measurement chip detects Legionella
(Technical University of Munich (TUM)) In an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, finding the exact source as quickly as possible is essential to preventing further infections. To date, a standard analysis takes days. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich have now developed a rapid test that achieves the same result in about 35 minutes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 22, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Woman: Governor, Officials Caused 'Catastrophic' Health Crisis In Flint, Mich.
DETROIT - A woman on March 2 sued Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, his administration and a local hospital in Michigan federal court, seeking declaratory relief and monetary damages for causing "a catastrophic public health crisis" that led to the death of her mother, by exposing her and all of the residents of the city of Flint, Mich., to drinking water that was contaminated with Legionella bacteria (Cholyonda Brown v. Governor Rick Snyder, et al., No. 18-10726, E.D. Mich.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - March 20, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Deadly Legionella bacteria found to proliferate at car washes, where they can become airborne and be inhaled
(Natural News) According to a recent report, two gentlemen from Italy have been infected with Legionnaires’ disease at a car wash in two separate incidences. The two individuals were exposed to contaminated water spray and while this might seem shocking, experts say that these incidences aren’t that rare. Dr. Tom Makin, a microbiologist from the United... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Legionella bacteria in municipal water systems has killed or sickened thousands – is anything being done to address the problem?
(Natural News) As Legionnaires’ disease continues to claim hundreds of lives and thousands of victims, the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine assembled an investigatory team who will look into the best ways to keep the lethal Legionella bacteria out of vulnerable plumbing systems, water works and lungs, reported a Circle of Blue... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chlorine levels help detect risk for disease outbreak
Scientists studying the Flint water crisis reported a link between the risk for Legionnaires’ disease and decreased levels of chlorine. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - March 2, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Car washes could spread Legionnaires' disease
EXCLUSIVE Two men became seriously ill with Legionnaires' disease after inhaling infected water droplets from separate car washes in Italy. The same risk applies in the UK, an expert warns. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Car washes could spread Legionnaire's disease
EXCLUSIVE Two men became seriously ill with Legionnaires' disease after inhaling infected water droplets from separate car washes in Italy. The same risk applies in the UK, an expert warns. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Report reveals bacterial outbreak caused by Flint's water
Researchers from Colorado State University linked Flint's water crisis to a Legionnaires' disease outbreak in 2014 and 2015. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study on cause of Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Flint led by CSU researchers
(Colorado State University) An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in 2014-15 in Flint, Mich., was likely caused by a change in the city's drinking water supply, according to a study led by Colorado State University researchers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Research presents new information about the Flint water crisis
(Wayne State University - Office of the Vice President for Research) The Flint Area Community Health and Environment Partnership research team found that the majority of Legionnaires' disease cases that occurred during the 2014-15 outbreak in Genesee County, Mich., can be attributed to the change in of the City of Flint's drinking water supply to the Flint River. The researchers also found that the specific strain of Legionella isolated from Flint residences as part of FACHEP's sampling in 2016 is not readily detected by common diagnostic tests for Legionella. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Managing Legionella and Other Pathogens in Building Water Systems
May 9-11, 2018; Baltimore, MD. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - February 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Legionnaires' disease: guidance, data and analysis
This Guidance Collection, covering the symptoms, diagnosis, management, surveillance and epidemiology of Legionnaires'disease was updated in December 2017. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Weather-Dependent Risk for Legionnaires' Disease Weather-Dependent Risk for Legionnaires' Disease
Does the risk for Legionnaires'disease increase with warm and humid weather?Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Legionella found in teaching trust's water system
Eleven water outlets in an East Kent hospital have tested positive for legionella after a patient developed Legionnaire’s disease. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - December 11, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

YSPH study finds link between Legionnaires' disease and CT watersheds
Contamination of the Naugatuck and Quinebaug watersheds in Connecticut may be responsible for a rise in cases of Legionnaires'disease in the state. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - December 5, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Panic over three new Legionnaires' cases in Disneyland
There are now 15 cases of Legionnaires' disease identified in Anaheim, Southern California, all tied to the Disneyland area. The park has now shut down two cooling towers. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

California officials probe source of Legionnaires' cases
Three new cases of Legionnaires' disease have been identified in Southern California and officials are looking at the possibility there may be a source outside Disneyland, where at least 11 of the patients visited in September, according to reports. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Legionnaires' disease outbreak tied to Disneyland
Health officials say three more cases of Legionnaires' have been reported, bringing the total to 15, and may be tied to the popular theme park (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Officials are still searching for the source of 4 Legionnaires' cases. Disneyland cooling towers haven't been ruled out
Disneyland shut down two cooling towers contaminated with Legionella after 11 people who spent time at the park were infected with Legionnaires'. But four more people who didn't visit the park were also infected, raising questions about the outbreak's source. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

Anaheim Legionnaires' outbreak grows; 11 cases linked to Disneyland visits
The number of people diagnosed with Legionnaires ’ disease after visiting Anaheim or Disneyland increased to 15, Orange County health officials said Wednesday.The victims were infected between late August and October. Two patients have died, though neither of them visited Disneyland.Legionnaires ’... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

Second death in Anaheim Legionnaires outbreak; 2 new cases linked to Disneyland
Orange County health officials said Wednesday that three more people had been infected with Legionnaires ’ disease, including one who died, as part of an outbreak linked to Disneyland.In total, 15 people who spent time in Anaheim or visited Disneyland between late August and October have been diagnosed... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

3 more Legionnaires' cases — one fatal — reported in outbreak linked to Disneyland
Orange County health officials said Wednesday that three more people had been infected with Legionnaires ’ disease, including one who died, as part of an outbreak linked to Disneyland.In total, 15 people who spent time in Anaheim or visited Disneyland between September and early November have been... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

What Do Disneyland And Flint Have In Common? Legionnaire's Disease
Disney is just the latest place to have Legionnaire's. Here's why we'll see more cases. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 13, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Judy Stone, Contributor Source Type: news

Health Highlights: Nov. 13, 2017
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Disneyland Shuts 2 Cooling Towers After Legionnaires'Disease Two cooling towers at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. have been shut down due to an... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 13, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Disneyland shuts down cooling towers over Legionnaires' cases
Disneyland Park has shut down two cooling towers at its park in Southern California following an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news