Legionella on Cooling Towers

A number of cooling towers around the Bronx have been found to be the source of a Legionella outbreak. A number of buildings in the area tested positive for contamination, including a drug manufacturer (thankfully the medicine was not contaminated, at least according to the company representatives). Legionella is a waterborne pathogen that can grow in …

When microbial contamination becomes a secret

Personally, I find this article pretty disturbing: Iowa City VA patients not told about bacteria problem.  Basically, the story is, that the bacterium that causes Legionnaires disease (Legionella pneumophila) has been found in the water system at a VA hospital in Iowa.  And the managers of the hospital say “But they said they’ve been able to control the …

Update: Marriott in Chicago identifies possible source of Legionnaires outbreak

Quick update: A few days ago I wrote about a Legionnaires outbreak in Chicago at the Marrioott hotel: Time for hotels to start surveying their microbes. CNN is reporting that the hotel has identified a putative source for the Legionella bacterium that causes Legionnaires: the fountain in the lobby and/or a spa:  Chicago hotel shuts fountain, …

Time for hotels to start surveying their microbes #Legionnaires #Chicago #Marriott

Well, I wonder if this will get Marriott Corporation more involved in microbial studies in the indoor environment: Legionnaires’ disease outbreak kills 2 at Chicago hotel – CNN.com.  Seems that there has been Legionella lurking around somewhere in the JW Marriott hotel in Chicago.  The outbreak has led the hotel to drain all major standing water …

Fun with Google News Archive: Early article on discovery of bacterial cause of “Legion disease” #microBEnet

Just a quick one here.  The Google News archive has all sorts of interesting stuff in there.  Much of it is not fully free / in the open but it is still interesting.  For example, – check out this article reporting the first association of a bacterial association with “Legion disease”: St. Petersburg Times – Google …

The Playboy Mansion Legionella outbreak story continues: becoming a social media epidemiological case study

Well, normally I would not want to write about things going on at the Playboy Mansion here, or really anywhere.  But this story about a Legionella outbreak seems to have legs (or maybe, flagella).  The LA Times has another article about this outbreak discussing in more detail how social media was used to help track …