Management of Legionella in Water Systems – Public Meeting and Webcast Feb. 8

Legionella is a bacterium found in drinking water distribution systems, plumbing, hot tubs, hot water heaters, cooling towers, fountains, and other building water systems.  At high-enough concentrations and when inhaled, Legionella can cause legionellosis, which includes Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac fever.

A new National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study will review the state of science with respect to Legionella contamination of water systems and on its ecology and diagnosis, primary sources of human exposure, prevention and control, and need for future research.  The committee conducting the study will hold its first meeting on Thursday, Feb. 8, in Room 125 of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.  The public session at which the committee will hear from sponsors of the project will run from 10:45 a.m. to 5 p.m

Click here for more information, an agenda, or to watch the live webcast.  Reporters who wish to attend the meeting in person should register in advance with the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail

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