New York, NY, August 17th, 2015
The worst outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in New York’s history has already claimed 12 lives and infected over 100 people as of Monday, August 10th. The outbreak occurred in the South Bronx and has over 1.4 million residents of the borough along with surrounding communities on edge. With health and safety officials scrambling to prevent more illnesses, EMSL Analytical, Inc. is offering access to its free Legionella Pocket Guide and hosting a free Comprehensive Legionella Webinar on September 16th.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been called in to work with city and state health officials to stop the outbreak. So far, five cooling towers have tested positive for the presence of the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease, but it is unknown at this time if any of the cooling towers caused human infections. Late last week, there was an order for all cooling towers to be inspected and the New York Health Commissioner issued an order for all cooling towers to be disinfected within the next couple of weeks.
Legionnaires' disease is caused by a type of bacteria known as Legionella. It is found naturally in the environment and in manmade environments, usually in water. Legionnaires' disease can occur when people breathe in small droplets of water that contain the bacteria. In addition to outbreaks associated with cooling towers, past outbreaks have been linked with hot tubs, hot water tanks, plumbing systems and decorative fountains.
“EMSL is offering tools to help the public along with environmental, health and safety professionals gain a better understanding of Legionella bacteria,” said Diane Miskowski, MPH, Legionella Program Manager at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “The pocket guide provides a clear overview and where people should look for the bacteria. It also covers sampling techniques, ways to test for Legionella in the laboratory and emergency remediation.”
to register for EMSL’s free Comprehensive Legionella
webinar presented by Diane Miskowski. To view a PDF version of EMSL’s Legionella Pocket Guide
, please click here
or request a hard copy for free by emailing email@example.com
To help in the efforts to stop the outbreak, EMSL Analytical, Inc. has laboratories across North America. EMSL was the first commercial laboratory to pass the CDC ELITE proficiency program for culture isolation of Legionella and now has seven proficient laboratories in the program including its New York City laboratory.
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, indoor air quality, consumer product and materials testing services and products for professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.