What is legionella:

A bacterium that can cause Legionnaires’ disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia, or Pontiac fever that shares symptoms with influenza.

How it is transmitted:

Legionella spp. is found in water, in the natural environment in low concentrations, but also in artificial water systems and cooling towers. In artificial hot-cold water systems, concentrations can be much higher due to temperature or the presence of a biofilm. It is transmitted by inhalation of contaminated water droplets.

How can we protect ourselves:

  • Maintenance and disinfection of hot and cold water systems in hotels, hospitals, spas, sports facilities, cruise ships and general places of public stay and gathering where water can be gasified.
  • Sampling of the distribution network of the above buildings at least once every 6 months in accordance with the Circular of the Ministry of Health (DYΓ2/OIK.70777/12-7-70777), for the “Prevention of Legionnaires’ disease” by accredited laboratories, so that appropriate measures can be taken in case of contamination.

Method of detection:

Ιwaterfood, is accredited in the detection and enumeration of Legionella spp and Legionella pneumophila bacteria by culture method, according to ISO11731:2017.

The laboratory also undertakes the detection of the bacterium by the modern molecular method (SBT), Sequence – Based Typing. Genomic DNA, isolated and amplified by PCR using primers targeting specific gene sites.

Why we choose iwaterfood:

  • Expertise
  • Skilled staff
  • Accreditation by the ESYD to the new ISO11731:2017
  • Full sanitary and scientific supervision
  • Scientific and technical supervision
  • Guidance on control measures