Yesterday, the CDC released its June 2017 Vital Signs, highlighting the latest findings on health care-associated Legionnaires’ disease. During 2015, people definitely got Legionnaires’ disease from a health care facility (such as long-term care facilities, hospitals, and clinics) in 76% of U.S. jurisdictions reporting exposure information. This disease kills 1 in 4 (25%) who get it from a health care facility. CDC investigations show that most problems leading to U.S. health care-associated Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks could be prevented with effective water management. When someone does get Legionnaires’ disease from a stay in a health care facility, early recognition and action can help prevent more infections.
In addition to the Vital Signs report, CDC has developed an updated version of its practical guide for Developing a Water Management Program to Reduce Legionella Growth & Spread in Buildings. This toolkit, based on the ASHRAE 188 Standard, features a checklist to help identify if a water management program is needed, examples to help identify where Legionella could grow and spread in a building, and ways to reduce the risk of Legionella contamination.
Join the CDC for the Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference designed to provide a forum for our nation's health officials on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at 2pm (ET).
For more resources, please visit the CDC Vital Signs webpage.