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Document ID (ISN)48149
CIS number 87-1093
ISSN - Serial title Cahiers de notes documentaires - Sécurité et hygiène du travail
Year 1987
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Ager B.P., Tickner J.A.
Title The control of microorganisms responsible for Legionnaires' disease and humidifier fever
Original title Lutte contre les micro-organismes à l'origine de la maladie des légionnaires et de la fièvre des humidificateurs [in French]
Bibliographic information 2nd Quarter 1987, No.127, Note No.1630-127-87, p.257-268. Illus. 41 ref.
Abstract Translation of an article published by Science Reviews Ltd., Northern Office, 28 High Ash Drive, Leeds LS17 8RA, United Kingdom (see CIS 85-1627). Conditions favourable to the growth of microbial contaminants are sometimes found in air conditioning systems. These organisms can cause respiratory impairments of an allergenic type (humidifier fever) or of the infectious type (Legionnaires' disease). This paper reviews the incidence of these illnesses and describes the circumstances in which the causal organisms can develop. Information on air conditioning systems is given and possible means of airborne transmission of microorganisms are considered. Preventive measures include attention to regular and efficient maintenance procedures and, in the case of cooling towers, biocidal water treatment to minimise growth of microorganisms.
Descriptors (primary) legionellosis; ventilation systems; air conditioner disease
Descriptors (secondary) biocides; air humidification; cooling towers; respiratory diseases
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Pneumoconioses
Bacterial and parasitic diseases