Category Archives: water microbiology

USA – Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak Linked to Christmas Mountain Resort

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Three people have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease and one person has died following stays at the Christmas Mountain Resort in Wisconsin Dell. At this time, the local health authorities are investigating the outbreak.

As the investigation unfolds, a representative for the resort told the local media that some of their accommodations did indeed have Legionella present. “After testing, we found that the water supply in certain units had been affected and, subsequently, tested positive for the bacteria,” the spokeswoman said. The resort claims to be telling prospective guests about the disease, but thus far denies that the confirmed illnesses occurred on their property – despite the fact that all of those who are ill stayed at the resort within 2 weeks of their illnesses.

USA – New Dates For Implementing Agricultural Water Produce Safety

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FDA’s Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb and Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas have addressed advancing new tools and science for produce safety via agricultural water, and have set new dates for implementation. The two E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks that were linked to romaine lettuce in 2018 were allegedly caused by contaminated agricultural water.

Information -Controlling Legionella in Emergency Showers & Eyewash Stations

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Controlling Legionella in emergency showers and eyewash stations is an essential process to help maintain workplace safety for those businesses that need to provide such emergency facilities. In this guide the water safety experts at Legionella Control International look at how these showers and emergency wash facilities can increase the risks from Legionella and what practical measures can be taken to keep it under control and keep people safe.

Information – Controlling Legionella on Ships, Ferries & Maritime Vessels

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This expert guide from our water safety specialists looks at the control of legionella on ships, ferries and other maritime vessels. The guide considers the water safety risks that can arise on-board different vessels, the need to consider dry dock safety, why a detailed risk assessment and Water Safety Plan are essential, and concludes by outlining the potential consequences following an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.

USA – McDaniel Life-Line LLC Issues Voluntary Worldwide Recall of Life-Line Water – Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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McDaniel Life-Line LLC is voluntarily recalling all lots of Life-Line Water to the consumer level. This product is being recalled because FDA analysis found the product to be contaminated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Use of the contaminated product has a remote probability of necessitating medical or surgical intervention to preclude or reverse permanent damage to a body structure or function. To date, McDaniel Life-Line LLC has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.

The product can be taken internally or applied externally to the skin. The product is packaged in 1-gallon bottles. The affected Life-Line Water recall includes all lots.

The product was distributed in the United States and Canada to individuals via internet sales@lifelinewater.com.

McDaniel Life-Line LLC is notifying its customers, by press release, of the recalled product. Consumers that have product which is being recalled should stop using and discard.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact McDaniel Life-Line by phone 806-647-1741, Monday thru Friday 8 AM-5 PM, Central Time or by e-mail lifeline@amaonline.com. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this product.

USA – Campylobacter Outbreak in 2017 Associated with Well Water Supply in Nebraska

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The February 22, 2019 issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Morftality Weekly Report had a study about a Campylobacter outbreak in 2017 that was associated with the municipal water supply in Nebraska. At least 39 people were sickened after they drank untreated city water. The city was not named, just called “City A.”

Apparently, a center pivot irrigation system, that was supposed to pump livestock waste into farmland malfunctioned. Runoff collected in a road ditch near two wells that fed the water supply.

There were 33 probable and 6 confirmed cases in this outbreak. Untreated unboiled city A tap water was the only exposure that was significantly associated with illness.

The city is served by four untreated wells and an interconnected distribution system. After the wells were removed from service, no further illnesses were reported.

USA – Campylobacteriosis Outbreak Associated with Contaminated Municipal Water Supply — Nebraska, 2017

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In March 2017, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) and the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department were notified of an apparent cluster of Campylobacter jejuni infections in city A and initiated an investigation. Overall, 39 cases were investigated, including six confirmed and 33 probable. Untreated, unboiled city A tap water (i.e., well water) was the only exposure significantly associated with illness (odds ratio [OR] = 7.84; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.69–36.36). City A is served by four untreated wells and an interconnected distribution system. Onsite investigations identified that a center pivot irrigation system intended to pump livestock wastewater from a nearby concentrated animal feeding operation onto adjacent farmland had malfunctioned, allowing excessive runoff to collect in a road ditch near two wells that supplied water to the city. These wells were promptly removed from service, after which no subsequent cases occurred. This coordinated response rapidly identified an important risk to city A’s municipal water supply and provided the evidence needed to decommission the affected wells, with plans to build a new well to safely serve this community.