Recent News

May 17, 2018
Outdoor hot tub

Hotel pools a factor in water-related illness outbreaks

Pools and hot tubs play host to a wide range of disease-causing microorganisms, warns the CDC.

Dec 21, 2017

News Scan for Dec 21, 2017

Saudi MERS case
Legionella in cooling towers
1 million cholera cases
Measles in England, Greece
Nov 13, 2017

News Scan for Nov 13, 2017

New MERS cases
Yellow fever in Nigeria
HHS secretary nomination
Legionnaires' at Disney
Canadian flu cost estimate
Nov 09, 2017
Drinking fountains

Legionella common in US outbreaks tied to drinking water, other sources

Legionella continues to be the most common cause of outbreaks linked to drinking water and also fuels many outbreaks linked to environmental water exposure.

Oct 25, 2017

News Scan for Oct 25, 2017

Brazil yellow fever
Marburg in Uganda
NYC Legionnaires' outbreak
Antivirals for H7N9
Hurricane-related alert
Jun 30, 2017

News Scan for Jun 30, 2017

Flu vaccine in kids
PPE for Ebola
Powassan virus infection
Legionnaires' outbreak
Jun 19, 2017
Manhatten skyline

NYC officials probe Legionnaires' cluster in Lennox Hill

One of the 7 cases, involving a nonagenarian, proved fatal.

Jun 14, 2017

News Scan for Jun 14, 2017

MERS cases in Saudi Arabia
South America flu rise
Chikungunya blip
Michigan Legionnaires' charges
Jun 08, 2017

News Scan for Jun 08, 2017

Polio in Syria
Health worker Ebola preparedness
Legionnaires' and water birth
Jun 06, 2017
shower head

CDC: Most healthcare-acquired Legionnaires' cases could be prevented

Poorly maintained water systems are typically to blame, and those in long-term care facilities are especially vulnerable.

Resources & Literature

Recent Literature

Beaute J, European Legionnaires' Disease Surveillance Network. Legionnaires' disease in Europe, 2011 to 2015. Euro Surveill 2017 Jul 6;22(27):pii=30566

Benowitz I, Fitzhenry R, Boyd C, et al. Rapid identification of a cooling tower-associated Legionnaires' disease outbreak supported by polymerase chain reaction testing of environmental samples, New York City, 2014-2015. NEHA 2018 Apr

Byrne BG, McColm S, McElmurry SP, et al. Prevalence of infection-competent serogroup 6 Legionella pneumophila within premise plumbing in southeast Michigan. mBio 2018 Feb 6;9(1):300016-18

Cassell K, Gacek P, Warren JL, et al. Association between sporadic legionellosis and river systems in Connecticut. J Infect Dis 2017 (published online Dec 1)

Chaudhry R, Sreenath K, Arvind V, et al. Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1 in the water facilities of a tertiary healthcare center, India. (Letter) Emerg Infect Dis 2017 (published online Oct 17)

Danila RN, Koranteng N, Como-Sabetti KJ, et al. Hospital water management programs for Legionella prevention, Minnesota, 2017. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2018 (published online Jan 24)

Decker BK, Harris PL, Toy DL, et al. Water cultures are more sensitive than swab cultures for the detection of environmental Legionella. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2017 (published online Nov 27)

Fitzhenry R, Weiss D, Cimini D, et al. Legionnaires' disease outbreaks and cooling towers, New York City, New York, USA. Emerg Infect Dis 2017 (published online Oct 12)

Granseth G, Bhattarai R, Sylvester T, et al. Two cases of Legionnaires' disease in newborns after water births — Arizona, 2016. MMWR 2017 Jun 9;66(22):590-1

Kenagy E, Priest PC, Cameron CM, et al. Risk factors for Legionella longbeachae Legionnaires' disease, New Zealand. Emerg Infect Dis 2017 (published online Jun 15)

Kenagy E, Priest PC, Cameron CM, et al. Risk factors for Legionella longbeachae Legionnaires' disease, New Zealand. Emerg Infect Dis 2017 (published online Jun 15)

Lapierre P, Nazarian E, Zhu Y, et al. Legionnaires' disease outbreak caused by endemic strain of Legionella pneumophila, New York, New York, USA, 2015. Emerg Infect Dis 2017 (published online Oct 16)

Leung YH, Yau SW, Lam CK, et al. Legionnaires' disease and use of water dispensers with an ultraviolet sterilizer. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2018 (published online Mar 1)

Llewellyn AC, Lucas CE, Roberts SE, et al. Distribution of Legionella and bacterial community composition among regionally diverse US cooling towers. PLoS One 2017 Dec 20;12(12):e0189937

Lucas KD, Wheeler C, McLendon P, et al. Outbreak of Legionnaires' disease associated with cooling towers at a California state prison, 2015. Epidemiol Infect 2018 (published online Feb 1)

Petzold M, Prior K, Moran-Gilad J, et al. Epidemiological information is key when interpreting whole genome sequence data — lessons learned from a large Legionella pneumophila outbreak in Warstein, Germany, 2013. Euro Surveill 2017 Nov 9;22(45):pii=17-00137

Schjorring S, Stegger M, Kjelso C, et al. Genomic investigation of a suspected outbreak of Legionella pneumophila ST82 reveals undetected heterogeneity by the present gold-standard methods, Denmark, July to November 2014. Euro Surveill 2017 Jun 22;22(25):pii=30558

Simmering JE, Polgreen LA, Hornick DB, et al. Weather-dependent risk for Legionnaires' disease, United States. Emerg Infect Dis 2017 (published online Oct 2)

Soda EA, Barskey AE, Shah PP, et al. Health care-associated Legionnaires' disease surveillance data from 20 states and a large metropolitan area — United States, 2015. (Vital signs) MMWR 2017 Jun 9;66(22):584-9

Yackley JK, Sweat D, Fill MMA, et al. Legionellosis outbreak associated with a hotel aquatics facility — Tennessee, 2017. (Notes from the field) MMWR 2018 Jan 18;67(2);77-8

Zahran S, McElmurry SP, Kilgore PE, et al. Assessment of the Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Flint, Michigan. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2018 (published online Feb 5)

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