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Document ID (ISN)49387
CIS number 88-667
ISBN(s) 0-11-883939-X
Year 1987
Convention or series no. Guidance Note EH 48
Author(s)
Health and Safety Executive
Title Legionnaires' disease
Bibliographic information HM Stationery Office, P.O. Box 276, London SW8 5DT, United Kingdom, Jan. 1987. 8p. Illus.
Abstract This guidance note discusses Legionnaires' disease (LD) and precautionary measures that can be taken to minimise its occurrence. LD is caused by a bacterium and appears as a form of pneumonia. The case fatality rate is approximately 10%. Contents: medical aspects of the disease; microbiology (the bacterium is widespread in natural sources of water and can colonise certain types of water fitting, pipework and materials used in the construction of water systems); potential contamination sources (recirculating and hot water systems, cooling water systems such as those connected to air conditioning plants); water monitoring; precautionary measures; identification and monitoring; design and selection of equipment and materials; cleaning, maintenance and operation of water systems; protection of personnel, legal aspects; action in the event of an outbreak of the disease.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; legionellosis; infectious diseases
Descriptors (secondary) hot-water heating systems; contamination monitoring; pneumonia; pulmonary infection; cooling systems; maintenance; data sheet; air conditioning; personal protective equipment; fatalities; legislation; design of equipment; replaced; infection control
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Bacterial and parasitic diseases