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Correlation Between Legionella Contamination in Water and Surrounding Air

Paolo Crimi , MD, MSPH, Gianni Macrina , MD, MSPH, Antonio Grieco , MD, MSPH, Carola Tinteri , PhD, Laura Copello , PhD, Daniela Rebora , MD, MSPH, Angelo Galli , MD, MC and Rolando Rizzetto , PhD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 27, No. 7 (July 2006), pp. 771-773
DOI: 10.1086/504446
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/504446
Page Count: 3
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Correlation Between Legionella Contamination in Water and Surrounding Air
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Abstract

We evaluated Legionella pneumophila contamination of water and surrounding air in a burn care department equipped with bathtubs. In water, the bacterium always aerosolized, but in surrounding air, it diluted itself to such a point that it became undetectable at 1 m or more from the source of emission, which indicated that patients were at low risk of inhaling a dangerous quantity of the microbe.

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