Legionnaires' Disease on Rise
The Association of Water Technologies (AWT), McClean, Va., released its newest paper on Legionella and minimizing the risk of legionellosis from water systems. The number of cases of legionellosis reported to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this year totaled 624 as of the beginning of July, compared to 436 for the corresponding period last year -- a 43 percent increase. In some regions of the country, the numbers are double or triple those reported at this time last year.
To help shed some light on the disease and its causes, AWT's paper "Legionella 2003: An Update and Statement by AWT," provides an overview of Legionella and Legionnaires' disease, including information such as: