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Legionnaires Disease

The condition known as Legionnaires disease was named after an outbreak of a severe pneumonia-like disease that occurred at the Belle Vue Stratford Hotel, Philadelphia, USA in 1976, where there was a convention of the American Legion. Legionella pneumophila, the causative organism for most cases of Legionnaires’ disease, was thought to have been present in the hotel’s cooling towers. Somehow, water droplets in the form of an aerosol contaminated the hotel’s air conditioning systems allowing the bacteria to come into contact with the convention guests, a highly susceptible population.

What is Legionnaires’ disease?

Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia. It was named after an outbreak of severe pneumonia which affected a meeting of the American Legion in 1976. It is an uncommon but serious disease. The illness occurs more frequently in men than women. It usually affects middle-aged or elderly people and it more commonly affects smokers or people with other chest problems.

How do people get it?

The germ that causes Legionnaires’ disease is a bacterium called Legionella pneumophila. People catch Legionnaires’ disease by inhaling small droplets of water suspended in the air which contain the Legionella bacterium.  

Where does it come from?

The bacterium that causes Legionnaires’ disease is widespread in nature. Outbreaks occur from purpose-built water systems where temperatures are warm enough to encourage growth of the bacteria, e.g. in cooling towers, evaporative condensers and whirlpool spas and from water used for domestic purposes in buildings such as hospitals, dental surgeries and hotels.

Biofilm is a collection of microorganisms that secrete sticky slime allowing them to form colonies on inert or living surfaces. Biofilms are an ideal media for harboring legionella microbes that contaminate water supplies and can become airborne and as such need eliminating. Legionella bacteria have been known for some time to live within biofilm that helps protect them from a chemical attack such as traditional chlorination.

What’s the solution?

Extensive tests have shown Trustwater™ to be the safest and most effective technology available to eliminate bacteria (Legionella), viruses, fungi, spores, protozoa and stubborn biofilm.

Ecasol™ is a non-toxic, pH neutral solution that destroys all known microbes and is used in the Healthcare market to replace commonly used chemical disinfectants. It:

  • Destroys all forms of pathogens
  • Is produced on-site, on-demand
  • Replaces Cl02, Chlorine, ozone etc.
  • Is non-toxic
  • Is a true ‘clean’ technology
  • Is harmless to man & the environment
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