August 30, 2019 – Today Dorian is a Category 3 Hurricane in the Carribean. It’s threatening to strengthen to a Category 4. According to the National Hurricane Center, in three days it’s forecast to hit the east coast of Florida. It will bring wind, rain, storm surge, and flooding along its path. Disease may follow.
A 2007 scientific paper tied increased rain, flooding, and humidity to a higher risk of Legionellosis. (See reference below)
Healthcare facilities are required to have plans in place to provide potable water even in emergencies. Any disruption or change in the local water supply can increase the level of waterborne pathogens and other contaminants. A hurricane can cause extreme distruption to local infrastructure. Flooding can foul surface water and strain other infrastructure designed to keep drinking water safe.
While there are many ways to provide safe water in extreme conditions, including bottled and shipped in water, Point of Use Filtration is the fastest way to stop the bugs from getting to your most vulnerable patients, your residents, your staff, and visitors.
While our products are generally used in a healthcare environment, AquaMedix provided technology to help provide clean drinking water to two small communities in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. You can read about it here.
HICKS, L., ROSE, C., FIELDS, B., DREES, M., ENGEL, J., JENKINS, P., . . . WHITNEY, C. (2007). Increased rainfall is associated with increased risk for legionellosis. Epidemiology and Infection, 135(5), 811-817. doi:10.1017/S0950268806007552
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