Customer Service

LABConnect™ - Online Results & More

Tutorial | Create Account | Login

Legionella Testing Laboratory

Category Press Release
Publish Date 12/1/2016
Author Alexa Surmick
Title CDC States that Most Legionnaires' Disease Cases are Caused by Potable Water
Introduction EMSL Analytical, Inc. has 16 CDC ELITE accredited testing labs throughout the country, including 3 in New York, to help prevent Legionella outbreaks.

New York, NY, December 1, 2016   

Following a case of Legionnaires’ disease in a resident at a senior living home in New York, the facility has been taking extra precautions and conducting testing to help prevent any further outbreaks.The source of the illnesses has not yet been identified and no other residents developed the disease based on recent reports.

Legionnaires’ disease is a very serious form of pneumonia that is caused by Legionella bacteria. Those who have weakened immune systems are the most at risk of getting the disease. Symptoms for Legionnaires’ disease may include fever, extreme fatigue, chills, coughing, diarrhea and/or cognitive impairment. It is not contagious, but it can be contracted when people breathe in aerosolized water that contains Legionella.

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 56% of Legionnaires’ outbreaks between 2000 and 2014 have been caused by potable water,” said Diane Miskowski, MPH, National Legionella Program Manager at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Along with potable water as the main source of outbreaks, the CDC also reported that 22% of Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks stem from cooling towers, 7% from hot tubs and another 4% from decorative fountains. Cases associated with building potable water systems have a different outbreak pattern compared to those associated with cooling towers. Potable water sources cause sporadic, isolated cases that occur over many months or even years. Cases associated with cooling towers result in many people getting the illness over several weeks.”

To help identify the source of Legionella outbreaks, EMSL as a nationwide network of CDC ELITE and NYDOH ELAP accredited Legionella testing laboratories provides culture-based testing, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), sequence-based typing and whole genome sequencing analysis.

As an added resource, EMSL has created a Legionella Pocket Guide with important information on the bacteria and different sampling techniques. To request a free copy, please click here. To learn more about the difference between the CDC ELITE and NYSDOH ELAP Legionella programs, or for any inquiries involving Legionella analysis, please call Diane Miskowski, MPH at (800) 220-3675 extension 2528 or Christopher Goulah, Ph.D., at (716) 651-0030 extension 1407.

To view a complete list of EMSL’s Legionella laboratory locations, accreditations and capabilities, please visit www.legionellatesting.com. For more information, please contact our Customer Service Center at (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com.  

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.

EMSL Analytical, Inc. is one of the leading testing laboratories with over 40 locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA LAP, LLC. (AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com for a complete listing of accreditations.  In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.

Ann Arbor, MI - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-4Atlanta, GA - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-1Baton Rouge, LA - NVLAP Lab Code 200375-0Beltsville, MD - NVLAP Lab Code 200293-0Boston, MA - NVLAP Lab Code 101147-0Buffalo, NY - NVLAP Lab Code 200056-0Calgary, Alberta - NVLAP Lab Code 500100-0Carle Place, NY - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-10Charlotte, NC - NVLAP Lab Code 200841-0Chicago, IL - NVLAP Lab Code 200399-0Corporate - Cinnaminson, NJ - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-0Dallas, TX - NVLAP Lab Code 600111-0Denver, CO - NVLAP Lab Code 200828-0EMSL Canada - Montreal -- Quebec - NVLAP Lab Code 201052-0EMSL Canada -- Toronto - NVLAP Lab Code 200877-0EMSL Canada Inc. -- Ottawa - NVLAP Lab Code 201040-0Fort Lauderdale - NVLAP Lab Code 500085-0Houston, TX - NVLAP Lab Code 102106-0Huntington Beach, CA - NVLAP Lab Code 101384-0Indianapolis, IN - NVLAP Lab Code 200188-0Kernersville, NC - NVLAP Lab Code 102104-0Las Vegas, NV - NVLAP Lab Code 600140-0Miami, FL - NVLAP Lab Code 200204-0Minneapolis IH Lab (EAST) - NVLAP Lab Code 101234-0Minneapolis, MN (WEST) - NVLAP Lab Code 200019-0New York, NY - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-9Orlando, FL - NVLAP Lab Code 101151-0Pasadena, CA - NVLAP Lab Code 200232-0Phoenix, AZ - NVLAP Lab Code 200811-0Piscataway, NJ - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-2Plymouth Meeting, PA - NVLAP Lab Code 200699-0Raleigh, NC - NVLAP Lab Code 200671-0Rochester, NY - NVLAP Lab Code 600183-0S. Portland, ME - NVLAP Lab Code 500094-0Salem, NH - NVLAP Lab Code 201051-0San Diego, CA - NVLAP Lab Code 200855-0San Leandro, CA - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-3Seattle, WA - NVLAP Lab Code 200613-0St. Louis, MO - NVLAP Lab Code 200742-0Tampa, FL - NVLAP Lab Code 600215-0Vancouver, BC - NVLAP Lab Code 201068-0Wallingford, CT - NVLAP Lab Code 200700-0West Palm Beach, FL - NVLAP Lab Code 600206-0Weymouth, MA - NVLAP Lab Code 600217-0
Sorry, this function is disabled.