Lockton Companies HEALTHCARE FACILITIES AT AN INCREASED RISK OF LEGIONNAIRES’ Cases of Legionnaires’ disease are on the rise. A June 2016 Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a nearly 300 percent increase in reported cases since 2000 in the US and Canada. Mike Egan of Lockton Companies reports. 16 | HEALTHCARE RISK MANAGEMENT REVIEW | Annual 2016 Healthcare facilities are at an increased risk of an outbreak due to the combination of susceptible persons on site and the numerous water sources present. The Legionella bacterium, which grows best in warm water, can cause a lung infection that is fatal for about one in 10 persons infected. It is believed that Legionnaires’ disease occurs when a person breathes in small water droplets contaminated with the Legionella bacterium. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that those most susceptible to contract Legionnaires’ disease include: • Adults 50 years or older; • Current or former smokers; • People with chronic lung disease; and • People with a weakened immune system.
HRMR Annual 2016-17
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