July 11, 2016 10:30 am

There have been 42 cases of Legionnaires disease reported in NSW, Australia, in the first four months of 2016.These recent outbreaks, have resulted in two deaths and several hospitalisations. Legionnaires’ disease is a bacterial infection which can cause severe pneumonia especially in the elderly, immunocompromised and cigarette smokers. Outbreaks are commonly related to inhalation of the pathogen in aerosols from air conditioning cooling towers, spa baths and hot and cold water systems (Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1). Infection can also occur from the use of potting mix and mulch (Legionella longbeachae).

Early and accurate laboratory diagnosis can play a role in alerting Public Health Units about a possible outbreak and aid in reducing the incidence of Legionnaires disease. RCPAQAP Serology offers External Quality Assurance (EQA) modules for proficiency testing of Legionella serology (Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1 and Legionella longbeachae) and Legionella Urinary Antigen (Legionella Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1).

If you have any queries about the RCPAQAP Legionella modules, please do not hesitate to contact us.