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Feds’ Policy Blunders Allow Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreaks

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In the wake of several outbreaks of Legionnaire’s Disease across the U.S., the CDC is taking criticism for their policies regarding Legionella in a recent article from the Daily Caller.
Read the full article here.

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CDC Director Testifies Before Subcommittee

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???We missed the broader pattern.???

CDC Director Thomas Frieden acknowledged the CDC???s historically flawed reactive approach to handling anthrax and H5N1 bird flu last week before the subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Their attitude on these bacteria is comparable to their approach with Legionella, which is solely reactive as well.

The CDC only recommends testing a building???s water for Legionella after an outbreak has occurred, a stance for which they have been highly criticized. Proactive testing could have prevented several outbreaks of Legionella across the country, manifesting in several fatalities in numerous states including Pennsylvania, Chicago, and Ohio. Legionella is not transferred person-to-person like other pneumonias and is exclusively contracted from environmental sources. ?? The bacteria can be found in almost every corner of the world and can grow in just about any type of building. Since its discovery in 1976, over 900,000 cases of Legionella have been documented.??For this reason, many experts have been highly critical of the CDC???s ???test-after??? approach, as testing a building???s water is the only way to determine if Legionella bacteria are present in the water.

Director Frieden is reviewing the CDC???s approach, and said at a press conference in regard to their past mishaps with other bacteria, ???Events like this should never happen, and that???s why I will do everything in my power to make sure that nothing like this happens again.???

You can read the full article published on Forbes here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/henrymiller/2014/07/22/cdc-errs-in-policy-as-well-as-handling-dangerous-pathogens/