Another person has died as a result of a Legionnaires’ outbreak in North Carolina, state health officials announced late last week. The death of a fourth person due to the outbreak – possibly linked to a hot tub display at the North Carolina Mountain State Fair, which took place Sept. 6-15 at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Fletcher – was revealed in an updated interim report released Friday by officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
Health officials also have confirmed 141 cases of Legionnaires’ disease or Pontiac fever, a milder form of the illness. The outbreak has affected North Carolina residents as well as those in other states. Ninety-four people, or about 69 percent, have been hospitalized due to the outbreak!
An estimated 8,000 to 18,000 people are hospitalized with Legionnaires’ disease each year in the U.S. How can so many people be infected by this bacteria, especially in places where you think you would be safe from any deadly bacteria? Being exposed to any water system can be a source of disease if the water in it is subjected to conditions that promote growth of the organism as in the case of the Spas noted above at the fair.
So how do you kill Legionella?
First, is preventing it! Killing the bacteria before it reaches any water system. Traditional oxidizing agents such as chlorine have been proven very effective in controlling Legionella. Using continuous chlorination at low free residual levels can be effective in controlling Legionella. That’s why many hospitals are using Everpure’s 7SI cartridges on their ice machines to help prevent the Legionella bacteria from forming in their water.
- Specializes in slime and bacteria growth prevention
- Reduces particulates down to 0.5 micron
- Utilizes depth filtration and Fiberdyne™ media for superior dirt holding capability
- Leaves chlorine and chloramines within water that is supplied to equipment which helps to reduce slime and bacteria growth in applications
- Reduces system maintenance, service costs and buildup. Scale and slime, as well as, bacteria growth can result in clogging of distribution lines, malfunction of probes, floats, pumps, solenoids and valves, and higher energy consumption
- Sanitary cartridge replacement is simple, quick and clean. Internal filter parts are never exposed to handling or contamination
- Can be used on Insurice® and Hybrid Manifold Systems
- NSF® Certified under NSF / ANSI Standards 42 and 53
- Cyst Reduction
- Particulate Reduction
- Capacity: 25,000 gallons (94,635 liters)
- Maximum Flow: 3.5 gpm (13.25 lpm)
- Qty. per Case: 0
- Working Pressure: 10 – 125 psi (0.7 – 8.6 bar), non-shock
- Max. Temp: 35 – 100ºF (2 – 38ºC)
- H: 20.75″ D: 3.25″ Certifications: NSF42 NSF53
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