PUZZLED BY THE CHANGES TO CDC’S LEGIONELLA TESTING GUIDANCE?
Wednesday, December 15 @ Noon EDT
For more than 30 years, microbiologists and physicians at Special Pathogens Laboratory have been advocating proactive prevention of Legionnaires’ disease. Testing a water system for the presence of Legionella before cases occur is the keystone of this prevention approach. Over these decades, the CDC hasn’t supported testing for Legionella unless part of a case investigation or in a transplant unit. Surprisingly, in January 2021, the CDC made a significant change and issued new guidance for routine Legionella testing. The details of these changes and their input on Legionella water management will be discussed.
Dr. Janet E. Stout
President, Special Pathogens Laboratory
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