Testing water for the presence
of Legionella bacteria is reliably accomplished
by culture in an accredited microbiology laboratory using
well-characterized and validated methods. The most pathogenic
(disease-causing) strain of Legionella bacteria
is Legionella pneumophila group.
Special Pathogens Laboratory
Special Pathogens Laboratory, The Legionella
Experts®, provides an evidence-based solution for
control and prevention Legionella and other waterborne
pathogens to all sectors, especially the water treatment,
healthcare, and the hospitality industries. Accredited and
CDC-ELITE certified in Legionella testing, Special
Pathogens Laboratory (SPL) is internationally recognized as a
Legionella reference center. SPL has participated in
the development of new antimicrobial therapies for Legionnaires'
disease, new Legionella diagnostic tests, and has
pioneered detection and control methodologies aimed at the
prevention of Legionnaires' disease. Our testing methods have been
validated in prospective studies that correlate disease risk with
the extent of environmental contamination (See
Role of Environmental Surveillance in Determining the Risk of
Hospital-Acquired Legionellosis: A National Surveillance Study With
Clinical Correlations, Stout et al. Infection Control
Hospital Epidemiology 2007; 28:818-824). No other
Legionella testing laboratory can make this claim.
This emphasis on scientific validation and evidence-based medicine
separates SPL from other "experts" and laboratories.
- Legionella and other waterborne pathogens
- Microbiology and lab services
- Legionella risk assessment and outbreak response
- Standards compliance and HACCP plans
- Education and training