September 2000

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HP Water Management: What about Legionella in industrial cooling towers?

Legionellosis is an infection caused by the bacterium Legionella pneumophila. This bacterium naturally occurs in surface water. The route of infection is the inhalation of aerosols. The..

Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

Legionellosis is an infection caused by the bacterium Legionella pneumophila. This bacterium naturally occurs in surface water. The route of infection is the inhalation of aerosols. The disease has two distinct forms: Legionnaires' Disease, a severe form of infection that includes pneumonia, and Pontiac Fever, a milder illness. In the U.S., mortality is estimated between 10% to 20% of infected persons.1 Individuals at the highest risk of infection are the elderly, cigarette smokers, organ transplant recipients and persons with chronic diseases or suppressed immune systems. The highest risk population is hospital patients, and

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