Legionnaires Disease Is Coming? Very, Very Slowly.

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Quick, what do two hospitals have in common with the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas?

If you said they are  all full of baby boomers, two points.  If you said they are a gamble, five points.  If you said Legionnaire’s disease, ten points and go wash your hands.

That’s right, the mighty Luxor has come down with Legionnaire’s in the water.  Where did it come from?  Well you might ask, because the bacteria needs water and it’s dispersal radius is only about six kilometers (about three miles for the metric impaired).

But according to Wiki (does it have its own religion yet?) cars filled with regular, clean water can spread the bacteria when they spray across their dirty windscreens.  Professional drivers are evidently five times more likely to get it (though this statistic might have been written in by a five-year-old.  Take all Wiki with a large grain of potassium).

So that explains the Luxor.  They didn’t think they had much to worry about, so they didn’t clean their systems.  Now they’ll get to spend millions defending themselves.  “Eight guests sued in August, seeking $337.5 million in damages”  Can you say greedy?  In the UK a patient who almost died from Legionnaire’s while at the hospital is getting a whopping 24,000 pounds.  Even with the conversion, she’s barely getting enough to go to Luxor for a week, gamble it away, and then join the Luxor class action.

In the UK, they admitted they weren’t cleaning their fountain water supply.  No such luck in Wisconsin, where people who died as a result of sitting next to the hospital fountain and inhaling Legionnaire’s are being told “even with regular cleaning and testing, it’s possible for legionella to accumulate.”  Really?  It seems to me that the great Wiki says all you need to do is heat the water.  What are the chances that the maintenance guy never got around to fountain cleaning.  We just can’t admit fault here in the U.S.

So what are our chances of getting Legionnaire’s?  Fortunately, the bacteria is dormant at the current temperatures here in Maine.  And you really need to get a nice aerosol of the stuff up your nose.  So don’t go snorting any vernal pools when they thaw out, and stay clear of aerosol waterfalls, and you should be ok.  On the other hand, you might want to clean out that humidifier you keep out in the garage before you wind it up for the family next year.  Anything that’s going to generate an aerosol of moisture that gets outdoor exposure is a suspect.

I’ve written more seriously about Legionnaire’s in Maine (last link below).

 

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