Today at the 64th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Isaac Benowitz discussed the importance of prompt response times to community outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease. In particular, Mr. Benowitz discusses the recent outbreak at a large housing complex in NYC that occurred in 2014-2015.
The source of the outbreak was attributed to a cooling tower on the premises. It was concluded that the use of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to discover the presence of Legionella in addition to culture “allowed action to prevent further illness 5 days earlier than using culture alone.” The conclusions of this study of the NYC outbreak also say that “[a]dequate water disinfection may help prevent Legionellosis outbreaks.
For the full abstract of Healthcare-Associated Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease on an Inpatient Hematology-Oncology Unit-Alabama, 2014, please click here.
The 2015 EIS Conference runs from April 20-23 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia in Georgia. More details on this conference can be found here.