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Legionnaire's Disease Claims Another Victim at Oakland VA Hospital in Pittsburgh

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Despite diligent monitoring and chemical-based treatments, another person has died from Legionnaires Disease at the VA Hospital in Oakland. While tests are being done to determine if the victim made contact with the bacteria at the VA campus, this case serves as another reminder of the importance of careful Legionella testing and control. Read the full article from TribLive here.

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Copper for Nosocomial Prevention

Copper is a potent anti-microbial agent in water – which is why it is so effective in copper silver systems to control Legionella. Recent studies show it may also become the best way to prevent bacterial infections on contact surfaces in hospitals.

Nosocomial (hospital-acquired) infections, like Legionnaires Disease and MRSA, affect millions of people every year. Many nosocomial infections are spread by contact surfaces like bed-rails.

But there is hope to stop this deadly spread of bacteria, thanks again to copper.

In a recent article from NPR, Constanza Correa, a Chilean scientist, shares her research on the effect copper bed-rails are having on hospitals in Chile and the US.

Read the full article from NPR here.

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The Spread of Legionnaires' Disease

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Legionnaires’ Disease cannot be spread from person to person.

Outbreaks occur when two or more people contract the bacteria in the same place at about the same time, most often in hospitals. Hospital buildings have complex water systems, and many patients and employees in hospitals are already subject to illnesses that increase their risk for Legionella infection.

Other situations conducive to the spread of Legionnaires’ Disease have been linked to aerosol sources in the community, or on cruise ships and in hotels.