Legionnaires Disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia which can affect anybody, but which principally affects those who are susceptible because of age, illness, immunosuppression, smoking etc.
It is caused by the bacterium Legionella pneumophila and related bacteria that can be found naturally in environmental water sources such as rivers, lakes and reservoirs, usually in low numbers. As they are commonly found in environmental sources they may also be found in purpose built water systems such as cooling towers, evaporative condensers and whirlpool spas.
If conditions are favourable the bacterium may grow creating conditions in which the risk from legionnaires' disease is increased. In Ireland about 10 cases or Legionnaires’ disease are reported each year to Health Service Executive.
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SMS Environmental Ltd
SMS Environmental is a team of microbiologists, chemists building services engineers and water engineers with many years experience we can help you by:
- Training: Delivering CPD training on Legionella Bacteria and Legionnaires Disease – training accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers.
- Sampling: Legionella sampling completed and analysed by an INAB accredited laboratory – Sampling services include rapid 24 hour PCR Legionella testing.