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New Regulations for the Prevention of Legionnaires’ Disease: Implications for Product Manufacturers

Legionnaires’ disease, or legionellosis as it is known in medical circles, is a severe form of bacterial pneumonia first identified in 1976 following an outbreak among those attending an American Legion convention held at the historic Bellevue Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia. Research has since proven legionellae bacterium to be ubiquitous, occurring naturally in lakes and streams as well as potable water distribution systems. Studies have established that legionellae is present in virtually all municipal water supplies at some level. Given a proper food source, stagnant…

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West Virginia Chemical Spill Prompts Questions About Toxicity Of 4-Methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a webpage to provide the general public, and especially those affected by the chemical spill in West Virginia, information about the toxicity of MCHM. MCHM is a chemical used to process coal. MCHM is a type of organic alcohol with an odor similar to licorice according to the CDC. The CDC webpage notes that there is limited availability of data about MCHM and few studies on the specialized chemical exist, especially in humans. The…

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