June 20, 2022 zacherlaw 0 Comments

Following a 2019 Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that infected 16 people, a newly released report by New Brunswick Public Health says Organigram, the company whose cooling towers were linked to the outbreak, did not regularly clean their cooling towers. The 60-page document states that the company’s facility had two new cooling towers in 2019 that didn’t have a chemical treatment system activated.

Further, regular cleanings and disinfecting were not scheduled and there was no documented water safety or maintenance plan. The report further states that 16 confirmed Legionnaires’ disease cases were reported between July 15 and August 27, 2019. Of those 16, 15 were tied to the Organigram facility.

When legionella bacteria is present in the water in cooling towered, it can be aerosolized and spread over several miles by wind. Those who inhale the water droplets may then contract Legionnaires’ disease.

To read more about Cooling Tower Linked to 2019 New Brunswick Outbreak Was Not Properly Cleaned, click here.

To read our firm’s white paper on Legionnaires’ disease and COVID-19, click here.

For more information on Legionnaires’ disease, check out the National Academies of Sciences Management of Legionella in Water Systems Report here.

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Cooling Tower Linked to 2019 New Brunswick Outbreak Was Not Properly Maintained was last modified: June 20th, 2022 by zacherlaw

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