Wednesday, June 8, 2016

CDC Reports Legionnaires' disease on the Rise

Holly Harmon

A new CDC Vital Signs report: Legionnaires’ disease on the rise helps clinicians recognize and correctly diagnose Legionnaires' disease.  The latest report finds hotels, long-term care facilities, and hospitals are the most common places for disease outbreaks. 

Cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the US grew by nearly 4 times from 2000 through 2014. CDC investigations of Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks show that about 9 in 10 were caused by problems that could have been prevented with more effective water management. Environmental assessments conducted as part of CDC investigations show that outbreaks of this disease are due to common problems, such as human errors like not properly cleaning a hot tub filter or changes in water quality caused by external factors like nearby construction. 

Explore CDC’s new Vital Signs on preventing this respiratory bacteria causing Legionnaires’ disease, including a toolkit for developing a Legionella water management program, infographic fact sheet, and more.

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