IDEXX Laboratories world campus in Westbrook, Maine
IDEXX Laboratories, Inc., has developed an innovative water test called Legiolert™ to detect the presence of Legionella pneumophila in water sources, such as drinking water.
This detection system can accurately depict the presence of Legionella pneumophila in potable water systems in seven days, as opposed to up to fourteen days using the customary culture methods of detecting the bacteria. Legiolert™ allows testers to skip steps of the usual testing procedures, such as colony counting and confirmation, which saves valuable laboratory time and reduces both the need for training and the risk of interpretation errors. Legionella pneumophila is the primary source of Legionnaires’ disease.
Legionnaires’ disease is most often preventable; however, the number of diagnosed cases in the United States quadrupled between 2000 and 2014. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that a large majority of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks that have occurred over the past 15 years could have been prevented if better water management plans were implemented. Through the use of Legiolert™, IDEXX hopes that more laboratories will test for Legionella pneumophila, and thus improve overall water safety.
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Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.