Legionella

Legionella is a type of bacteria found naturally in freshwater environments, like lakes and streams. It can become a health concern when it grows and spreads in human-made water systems like:

Showers and faucets  

Cooling towers (air-conditioning units for large buildings)   

Hot tubs that aren’t drained after each use   

Decorative fountains and water features   

Hot water tanks and heaters   

Large plumbing systems

Legionellosis is a respiratory disease caused by Legionella bacteria. Sometimes the bacteria cause a serious type of pneumonia (lung infection) called Legionnaires’ disease. The bacteria can also cause a less serious infection called Pontiac fever that has symptoms similar to a mild case of the flu. Legionella pneumophila is a thin, aerobic, pleomorphic, flagellated, nonspore-forming, Gram-negative bacterium of the genus Legionella.  L. pneumophila is the primary human pathogenic bacterium in this group and is the causative agent of Legionnaires’ disease.

SMI has utilized CDC method for more than a decade, and the principle analysts have more than 20 year experience to detect Legionella in water.  To ensure the results are accurate, SMI applys a ELISA kit to confirm if isolates are L. pneumophila.  Recently, SMI can directly detect pneumophila in water using Legiolert (IDEXX). Legiolert detects Legionella pneumophila up to 7 days faster than traditional culture methods and without additional confirmation steps.

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