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Special Pathogens Laboratory spoke to WTAE Investigative Reporter Paul Van Osdol about the importance of Legionella testing in empty or underused buildings.

Office buildings that have been mostly empty during the coronavirus pandemic are breeding grounds for the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease, according to an expert on the disease.

Dr. Janet Stout, president of the Special Pathogens Laboratory in Pittsburgh, said water from cooling systems has been sitting idle inside office buildings.

“The bacteria are having a party in the pipes right now. Nothing is there that’s stopping them from growing. So that is creating a very dangerous situation,” Stout said.

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