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Turning the Tide: The Role of Water Management to
Prevent Legionnaires’ Disease

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The May session of Grand Rounds, “Turning the Tide: The Role of Water Management to Prevent Legionnaires’ Disease,was viewed in 7 foreign countries, 48 states, and the District of Columbia.

Reports of Legionnaires’ disease (LD) cases and outbreaks are increasing in the United States. LD is a serious lung infection caused by breathing in small water droplets containing Legionella bacteria. Outbreaks are commonly associated with buildings or structures that have complex water systems, such as hotels and resorts, long-term care facilities, hospitals, and cruise ships.

Legionnaires’ disease can be prevented with effective water management programs. This session of Public Health Grand Rounds will discuss preventive approaches for federal, state, and local authorities, along with an innovative water management program toolkit and online training program.

Audience Questions
Use of respiratory therapy equipment, such as a CPAP machines are an exposure source for Legionella. How do individual’s who use the devices protect themselves? Does the VA provide information to their patients when prescribing this type of equipment?

People using CPAP machines, including those in VA, should follow the manufacturer’s directions, which likely recommend using distilled water. Distilled water has been boiled, so any Legionella that may have been there would be killed.

Does CDC recommend that staff from the public water system be a part of a building’s Water Management Plan team?

CDC recommends developing an ongoing dialogue with your drinking water provider so that you are aware of changes that may affect your building’s water supply. It would be up to the Water Management Program team whether to list the provider as being on the team.

Presented By
Laura A Cooley, MD, MPHTM, Commander USPHS
Medical Epidemiologist
Respiratory Branch, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC
"A Watershed Moment: The Increasing Challenge of Legionnaires’ Disease in the United States"
Jasen Kunz, MPH, REHS, Commander USPHS
Environmental Health Officer
Water Food and Environmental Health Services Branch
National Center for Environmental Health, CDC
"Prevention Begins with Water Management"
Tori Burket, MS
Waterborne Disease Epidemiologist
Legionella Coordinator

Communicable Disease Branch
Colorado Disease Control & Environmental Epidemiology Division
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
"Get With the Program: Evaluating Barriers to Water Management Implementation from the State Perspective"
Shantini Gamage, PhD, MPH
Associate Director
National Infectious Diseases Service
Veterans Health Administration, US Department of Veteran Affairs
"Preventing Legionnaires’ Disease in the Healthcare Setting: The National VA Experience”"
Facilitated By
John Iskander, MD, MPH
Scientific Director
Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH
Deputy Scientific Director
Susan Laird, MSN, RN
Communications Director
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Continuing Education
This session is available for Continuing Education (CE) Register here using the course information below.

CDC Course Code: PHGR10
CPE UAN: 0387-0000-19-005-H04-P

For more information, see Grand Rounds Continuing Education.

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