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Document ID (ISN)103821
CIS number 05-225
ISSN - Serial title 0339-6517 - Documents pour le médecin du travail
Year 2004
Convention or series no. DMT 98 TC 98
Author(s) Balty L., Bayeux-Dunglas M.C.
Title Legionella in occupational settings
Original title Légionelles et milieu de travail [in French]
Bibliographic information 2nd Quarter 2004, No.98, p.173-199. Illus. 67 ref.
Internet access$File/TC98.pdf [in French]
Abstract The bacteria responsible for legionellosis, Legionella pneumophila, was identified in 1997. Propagation of the disease in humans occurs through the inhalation of micro-droplets of contaminated water. Despite the lack of data on contamination in occupational settings, it is generally accepted that certain occupational groups are at risk of exposure. The prevention of hazards related to Legionella is based on the sound design of equipment, followed by appropriate management and maintenance. Occupational physicians and persons responsible for occupational hygiene in enterprises where equipment that may present a hazard is present frequently question the INRS on the means of prevention against Legionella and on the surveillance systems to be implemented. The objective of this review article is to present the current state of knowledge in this area and to describe the appropriate prevention measures.
Descriptors (primary) occupational diseases; pathogenic bacteria; risk factors; premises; biological hazards; legionellosis
Descriptors (secondary) epidemiological aspects; occupation disease relation; aerosols; cooling systems; design of equipment; diagnosis; cleaning; medical supervision; maintenance
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Biological hazards
Bacterial and parasitic diseases