Fact sheet; resuming safe operation of building water systems--risk of Legionnaires' disease
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Fact sheet; resuming safe operation of building water systems--risk of Legionnaires' disease

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    Disaster safety ; Resuming safe operation of building water systems--risk of Legionnaires' disease ;
  • Description:
    Legionnaires' disease is a serious disease caused by Legionella bacteria, which thrive in stagnant, warm water. Outbreaks of this disease have been associated with cooling towers, evaporative condensers, showers, faucets, hot tubs/whirlpool spas, and other sources of aerosolized water. Legionella bacteria favor a temperature of 25-42 C (77-108 F) for growth. Because many buildings and cooling towers may be shut down during or after a disaster, the water in those systems may sit stagnant for days to weeks--providing an increased risk of Legionnaires' disease once the systems are restarted.
  • Content Notes:
    "April 28, 2006."

    At head of title: Disaster safety.

    Mode of access: Internet from the CDC web site as an Acrobat .pdf file (80.93 KB, 2 p.).

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