In a public health alert last week on May 13, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported that there has been an increase in the number of Legionnaires’ disease cases in Queens. Just from April to May, 2015 there have already been 10 confirmed cases involving Queens residents reported to the health department.
“When an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease occurs, it is important to be able to quickly identify the source of the Legionella to prevent others from becoming ill,” said Diane Miskowski , Legionella Program Manager at EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is a laboratory that provides several different methods for testing for Legionella. Ms. Miskowski emphasizes the importance of testing and for the bacteria saying, “Culturing is considered to be the gold standard worldwide, but there are also PCR and DNA sequencing test methods for rapid identification of the bacteria that can be instrumental during an outbreak.”
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