The May session of the CDC Grand Rounds, “Turning the Tide: The Role of Water Management to Prevent Legionnaires’ Disease,” was viewed in 7 foreign countries, 48 states, and the District of Columbia.
Reports of Legionnaires’ disease (LD) cases and outbreaks are increasing in the United States. LD is a serious lung infection caused by breathing in small water droplets containing Legionella bacteria. Outbreaks are commonly associated with buildings or structures that have complex water systems, such as hotels and resorts, long-term care facilities, hospitals, and cruise ships.
Legionnaires’ disease can be prevented with effective water management programs. This session of Public Health Grand Rounds discussed preventive approaches for federal, state, and local authorities, along with an innovative water management program toolkit and online training program.