Twelve Days of Waterborne Diseases: Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infections

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nontuberculous_mycobacteria Tuberculosis is not the only mycobacteria that can infect humans. While nontuberculous mycobacteria are common in soil and water, they are not as likely to infect someone as Mycobacterium tuberculosis is. However, to the elderly and immunocompromised these bacteria can be cause for concern. Nontuberculous mycobacteria form biofilms, allowing them to survive in potable…

Twelve Days of Waterborne Disease: Giardiasis

https://atguv.com/2020/04/09/how-to-treat-it-giardia-in-water/ Giardia duodenalis (G. lamblia and G. intestinalis) are flagellated, single-cell protozoan that cause Giardia infections. Giardiasis is the most common parasitic intestinal infection in the US. Infection occurs when people come into contact with Giardia, usually via contaminated water. Giardia can form an outer shell, called a cyst, allowing it to survive outside of…

Twelve Days of Waterborne Diseases: Escherichia coli Infections

https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/ecoli-prevention.html E. coli infections are most commonly associated with UTIs (urinary tract infections), but it can also cause enteric infection, invasive infection, and infection at other sites. UTIs are usually ascending infections, travelling from the perineum up through the urethra. Along with UTIs, E. coli can also cause prostatitis and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). While…

Twelve Days of Waterborne Diseases: Cryptosporidiosis

https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/crypto/index.html Cryptosporidium is an obligate, intracellular coccidian protozoa that replicates in small-bowl epithelial cells of a vertebrate host. The main mode of transmission is through contact with contaminated water. Occasionally it can be transmitted through contaminated food, but it is mostly through contaminated water. Cryptosporidium eggs come in two varieties, thick-walled and thin-walled. Thin-walled eggs…

Twelve Days of Waterborne Diseases: Campylobacteriosis

https://www.cdc.gov/campylobacter/index.html Campylobacter species are motile, curved, microaerophilic, gram-negative bacilli that normally inhabit the gastrointestinal tract of many domestic animals and fowl. Several species of campylobacter can infect humans, with most infections coming from contaminated food and water. The two main versions of campylobacter are C. jejuni and C. fetus. C. jejuni affects both healthy and…

Twelve Days of Waterborne Diseases: Acute External Otitis

https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/ear,-nose,-and-throat-disorders/external-ear-disorders/external-otitis-acute Acute External Otitis is an infection of the ear canal skin. This infection is most frequently caused by bacteria in water, but it can also be caused by fungus. However, the fungal variety is much less common. Acute External Otitis can be localized or a diffuse infection of the entire ear canal. The diffuse…

Covid and waterborne bacteria: How the pandemic is creating a perfect world for legionella.

Hospitals are full to the brim with people sick from Covid-19. This highly contagious respiratory infection is shutting down the world. Why is that good for legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires disease? Well, large building water systems are not meant to sit stagnant. Municipal disinfection runs low and biofilms build up in the pipes.…

Which waterborne pathogens are the most deadly?

Waterborne diseases have multiple routes of infection, including fecal-oral, contact, or inhalation. Coming into contact with a waterborne disease through any of the routes can cause illness in multiple body systems. There are 13 waterborne pathogens that cause the majority of illnesses in people. One you have probably heard of is E. coli. However, of…

What makes legionella so dangerous to humans?

Certain amoeba love snacking on the waterborne pathogen, legionella. However, over millions of years, legionella bacteria have evolved ways to combat becoming a meal for waterborne amoeba. This seems like a harmless way for legionella to thrive in its natural environment, it has also created a way for legionella to get around being stopped by…

STATES REOPENING FOR BUSINESS AFTER COVID-19 PANDEMIC SHUT DOWN: IS YOUR WATER SAFE?

STATES REOPENING FOR BUSINESS AFTER COVID-19 PANDEMIC SHUT DOWN: IS YOUR WATER SAFE? As the month of May 2020 begins, several states, including Florida, Georgia and Texas, are “re-opening” for business. Retail outlets, beauty salons, health clubs and places of worship are preparing to return to pre-pandemic operations in the coming days. OVER ONE MILLION…

Bacteria in Surgery Scrub Rooms

PROTECT PATIENTS AND HEALTHCARE WORKERS Water: Source and Vector of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) Infection risk in operating rooms and scrub rooms can be reduced by using AquaMedix inline and CleanSpray® POU filters. In all critical care units of hospitals and outpatient surgery centers, particularly operating room scrub rooms, keeping water free of potentially pathogenic…

Carbon Filters: “Serious” Contamination Risk Factor

Ice Machines Identified as Source of Infectious Bacteria Ice machines, commonly used in hospitals, clinics, restaurants and hotels, pose health risks. A series of scientific studies identified ice machines as a source of waterborne bacteria such as Legionella and Pseudomonas (causative bacteria for Legionnaires Disease and Pneumonia, respectively.) More than twenty years ago, a Legionnaire’s…

CDC: URGENT ACTION NEEDED!

Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Acinetobacter Acinetobacter is a bacteria found in potable water.  This bacteria can cause pneumonia, wound infections, blood and urinary tract infections. These infections tend to occur in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients, according to the CDC’s 2019 Antibiotic Resistance Threats Report. The CDC report summarizes the current threat level as “Urgent”. In 2017,…

Potentially Dangerous Bacteria Like Pseudomonas Lurk in Municipal Water Supplies

Bacterial infections due to Pseudomonas continue to cause deaths of newborn infants, children and adults. Infant Deaths In October, three infants died and five others became seriously ill from a Pseudomonas infection at the neonatal intensive care unit of a Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania. A New York Times article on the Pennsylvania hospital outbreak quoted…

AquaMedix Filters Trap Dangerous Waterborne Bacteria; Help Prevent NTM Outbreaks

NTM Outbreak in North Carolina They Went to the Hospital…..and the Water Sickened Them! WCNC (NBC TV affiliate) Charlotte, NC “More than 150 hospitals across the country reported identifying at least one patient with nontuberculosis mycobacteria (NTM), a water-borne infection that can be deadly.”  

AquaMedix Launches New Products; Filter Out Dangerous Water Contaminants

AquaMedix is proud to announce two new products to its CleanSpray(R) line of filters. All CleanSpray Filters provide protection against dangerous waterborne bacteria such as Legionella and Pseudomonas. CleanSpray Faucet Filter #1630 is a thirty (30) day filter; CleanSpray Faucet Filter #1690 is a ninety (90) day filter. Both new products feature a 0.20 micron…

Is Water Used at the Dental Office Safe?

In 2011, an 82 year old woman died after a dental procedure. Investigators found the cause of death to have been Legionnaires Disease and the causative agent, the bacteria Legionella pneumophila, on the dental hand piece waterline. Although dental and infection control professionals have suspected for many years that dental office waterlines harbor bacteria, the…

Prevention of Legionella Outbreaks

“The lack of water testing before the outbreak is not unusual. There are few regulations in the United States for monitoring building plumbing for Legionella. The rules that do exist largely target the healthcare industry. Outside of healthcare, building owners generally are doing very little to prevent bacterial growth in their plumbing, according to interviews…

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AquaMedix Dual-Stage Filters Protect Ice Machines from Bacterial Contamination

Ice machines commonly used in hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants, schools and homes are full of microorganisms.  Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Legionella pneumophila and Mycobacterium avium are waterborne bacteria that can cause serious diseases such as Pneumonia and Legionaires’ Disease. AquaMedix Dual Stage Filters are uniquely designed to trap potentially pathogenic bacteria. These filters are “inline”, inserted between…

POU Filters, as part of a Water Supply Plan, Control Waterborne Pathogens That Cause HAI

“During 2017, in the United States, nearly 7,000 annual total deaths were documented for 13 diseases caused by pathogens that can be transmitted by water* (Waterborne Pathogens). “Of the 6,939 deaths, 91% were associated with three environmental pathogens that can grow in water system biofilms: Legionella (Legionnaires’ disease) (250 deaths), nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) infection (1,216…

Legionaires Outbreak Costs State Prison Over $8.5Million…..So Far!

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article236211403.html The State Worker Millions spent at California prison with contaminated water 7 months after inmate’s death By Wes Venteicher October 15, 2019 06:00 AM, Updated October 15, 2019 12:05 PM A bacteria outbreak at a state prison in Stockton has cost California $8.5 million and doesn’t appear to be going away seven months after…

The Water Management Plan, the EWSP , and Point of Use Filters – How they relate to each other

An Emergency Water Supply Plan is mandated as part of an overall Emergency Operating Plan both by the Joint Commission in (42 CFR 482.41), and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare in EM.02.02.09. Consider applying the principles of the EWSP described in the guidelines put together by the CDC, the EPA, and the AWWA to…

For Nursing Homes Only: Your Water Management Plan and Emergency Water Supply Plan -What Nursing Homes Should Know

As a nursing home director, you can address the risk of Legionella through the development of a Water Management Plan. The general plan and the subsection devoted to emergency action (Emergency/Contingency Section) is usually the main focus for an institution’s risk reduction efforts. Although they are the current standard for preparing your strategy and tactics,…

WMP, EWSP, and POU – how these three acronyms relate to each other

If you’re concerned with managing the risk of Legionella in a Healthcare Facility or Hospital, creating and maintaining your Water Management Plan and its accompanying Emergency Contingency section is your main focus. Although they are the current standard for preparing your strategy and tactics, it pays to take a broader perspective and to compare that…

A Few Thoughts about Controlling the Risk of Legionella

A few thoughts about controlling the risks of waterborne pathogens, specifically Legionella In the US, drinking water supplies are thought of as the safest in the world. However, like anywhere else, the water can be contaminated and requires the appropriate water treatment methods to remove disease causing agents. Common forms of waterborne pathogens and bacteria…

Ice Machines- An under-appreciated source of Legionella

Ice Machines have been getting more scrutiny lately due to updates to water hygiene standards for Hospitals, Nursing homes, and any business that services the elderly and immuno-compromised. That’s good, because Ice Machines are dirtier than you might think. That may seem counter intuitive. After all, they’ve typically got filters to remove impurities, they are…

The first Legionella outbreak was in 1976. Today, Legionella is still rising in the United states.

Legionnaires’ Disease is rising in the United States   The first case of Legionnaires’ Disease broke out in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the annual three-day convention hosted by the American legion at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in 1976. Over 2000 Legionnaires attended the convention and within a week more than 130 people had been hospitalized and 25…

AquaMedix launches CleanSpray point-of-use filter products in the US

Aquamedix receives final reports from special pathogens laboratory for point of use CleanSpray faucet filters. AquaMedix LLC, an anti-bacterial water filtration and purification system and device developer, distributor, and services provider, is announcing receipt of a report from the Special Pathogens Laboratory in Pittsburgh, PA and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of…