Despite the amount of panic and fanfare with which it appeared on the scene in Philadelphia in 1976, Legionnaires’ disease has devolved in relevance over the years, surpassed in newsworthiness by contagious infections, including HIV and MRSA. But even as a Forgotten Infection, Legionnaires’ disease is still quite present and quite deadly. With a mortality rate of 40% for hospital-acquired cases and with a majority of building water systems colonized with the Legionella bacteria, it remains a serious problem. The CDC reports that Legionella is the single most commonly reported pathogen associated with drinking water outbreaks and that reported cases tripled from 2000 to 2009.
A new building code standard advanced by ASHRAE would be the first set of standardized requirements specific to the building industry for management of the risks associated with amplified growth of and exposure to Legionella. Facility owners and operators would have to implement stronger safeguards through risk assessment and risk management practices.
Join us for the inagural educational Legionella symposium, featuring the following industry experts: