In the United States, approximately 5,000 cases of Legionnaires’ disease are reported annually. Legionnaires disease outbreaks have made the news recently in the US as seen in Hopkins, Minnesota, Seattle, Memphis and most recently, the detection of Legionella bacteria in water in American Airlines hangars at the Dallas Ft Worth airport, not to mention the outbreak in Flint, Michigan.

On Sunday’s show I was joined by two experts on Legionnaires’ disease, Legionella and water systems–civil engineering/environmental engineer and the Charles P. Lunsford Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, Dr. Marc Edwards and scientist and engineer, Sarah Ferrari, who is a member of the Alliance to Prevent Legionnaires’ Disease, a coalition of subject matter experts and stakeholders formed to promote best practices on Legionnaires’ Disease prevention.

The discussion covered areas from risk factors and signs and symptoms to prevention and cleaning procedures.

Follow the Alliance to Prevent Legionnaires’ Disease  on Twitter @PreventLD

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