July 17, 2003: Legionnaires' Disease Is On The Rise
The number of cases of legionellosis reported to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this year totaled 624 as of last week, compared to 436 for the corresponding period last year — a 43 percent increase, reports the AWT. 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, the association’s paper “Legionella 2003: An Update and Statement by AWT,” provides an overview of Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease including:
“With the release of this new and updated document on Legionella, AWT aims to educate and advance the current knowledge we have to help prevent further outbreaks of this disease,” said William E. Pearson II, CWT, president of the Association of Water Technologies and primary author of the paper.
The paper is available as a free download from AWT’s Web site at www.awt.org/Legionella03.pdf and will be presented at the 2003 AWT Water Technologies Convention and Expo in Phoenix in September.
Publication date: 07/14/2003