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3 Babies Die at a Pennsylvania Hospital After Bacterial Infections

The premature babies were being treated in a neonatal intensive care unit when they were infected. Five other babies were also sickened. Officials with the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., said they did not yet know the source of the infections, which occurred over several months starting in July. The hospital said it was… Read more »

Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital says patient diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease

Beaumont Hospital has released a statement saying a patient at the hospital has been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. The statement reads as follows: A patient in our community was recently diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. That individual was a patient at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. The safety of our patients, families and staff is our top… Read more »

Why Legionnaires’ cases keep increasing and what researchers say can halt the trend.

Western North Carolina’s current outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease is part of a nationwide trend, one researchers say will continue until government officials mandate more regulation of key water systems. “Stop letting patients and others be the canary in the coal mine,” said Dr. Janet Stout, president of the Special Pathogens Laboratory in Pittsburgh. “We shouldn’t… Read more »

Conference co-hosted by NSF International and National Environmental Health Association

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Environmental and public health experts agree that proactive water management plans, stronger policies, collaboration, communication and regulation are needed to stop the rapidly increasing number of Legionnaires’ disease cases and outbreaks. Representatives from public health agencies, water utilities, water industry organizations, regulatory bodies and academia were among 360 international attendees at Legionella Conference 2019,… Read more »

Officials investigating the Legionnaires outbreak want all fair-goers to take survey

Officials from the State Health Department report 83 confirmed cases, one of them fatal. Of the 83 cases, the NCDHHS say 55 had to be hospitalized. In addition, the Henderson County Facebook page is asking anyone who attended the Mountain State Fair between Sept 6-15, 2019, to participate in a survey; even those who are… Read more »

Where drinking water is a 90-minute walk away

An estimated 2.3 million people are affected by the ongoing drought in southern Angola’s Namibe, Huila, Bie and Cunene provinces, nearly half a million of whom are children under 5 years old. The failure of this year’s rainy season in the first three months of the year decimated crops and livestock. In Cunene province alone,… Read more »

Why your child’s rubber duck could be a potential killer – and other dangers lurking in the home

Scientists have released a study revealing bath toys that squirt water could be harbouring bugs that can cause eye, ear and stomach infections – including Legionella and drug-resistant superbugs that can cause death. The researchers found between 5 million and 75 million cells per square centimetre inside the toys, with potentially pathogenic bacteria identified in… Read more »

Additional Legionnaires’ disease cases identified in Chemung County

Chemung County and state health officials are investigating a case of Legionellosis (Legionnaires’ disease) at the Chemung County Nursing Facility in Elmira. Health officials do not believe the case is related to a cluster of cases of the serious and sometimes fatal bacterial disease reported in late August. However, a 12th case considered part of… Read more »

Public Health England Monthly Legionella Report – August 2019

Public Health England Monthly Legionella Report August 2019 LINK

Study Examines Risk Factors for Bacterial Colonization in Bronchiectasis

Among people with bronchiectasis, those more than 55 years old or who have bronchiectasis as a result of infection, are at an increased risk of being colonized with the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The human body is home for many different kinds of bacteria; most are benign, but some cause health problems. It’s known that people with bronchiectasis… Read more »

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Product Spotlight

PrimeLab Photometer

The PrimeLab photometer hand-held Bluetooth® device is expandable and portable, developed for ultimate flexibility for use in a range of water systems. With only one light source and the JENCOLOR multi-spectral sensor used exclusively in the PrimeLab, it is possible to measure all water parameters where the water sample is visibly discoloured after addition of a reagent. Key Features of PrimeLab Photometer: The first and only PrimeLab photometer with just 1 LED / 1 JENCOLOR sensor, covering the 400 wavelength (380nm-780nm). More than a 100 different parameters available. Activation of add-on parameters is possible even after purchase. Powerful PC-software and app with free cloud service. Creating reports and dosage recommendations by just a click, using your individual water treatment chemicals.

HuwaSan TR50 Silver Stabilised Hydrogen Peroxide

HuwaSan TR50 is a commercial water disinfectant and biocide designed for shock disinfection or constant dosing. HuwaSan TR50 kills legionella bacteria and in addition removes biofilm. It is safer to use than chlorine as the disinfection breakdown products are oxygen and water. Independent testing shows that HuwaSan TR50 provides a very wide spectrum of biocidal activity against bacteria, viruses, spores, fungi, amoebae (such as amoeba acanthus which can act as a host to legionella bacteria) and algae. Use disinfectants safely. Always read the label and product information before use.

MC1+ Protector

Formulated to prevent wear and tear and the resulting debris, MC1+ stops magnetite and other deposits forming. As it does this, it protects the central heating, keeping the boiler working efficiently and helping to ensure the system lasts for longer.

MM2050 - PT100 Thermometer

Four/three/two wire measurement, Max/min functions, Hold function, Dual display, °C/°F/°A selectable, Simultaneous display of real time and max/min/hold measurement, Self calibrating.

MD610 Photometer

The MD610 gives you a mobile device in a modern design with the analytical features of a laboratory photometer. All important water analysis parameters from A(luminium) to Z(inc) are covered. Combined with the high precision of Lovibond® reagents, a reliable and quick analysis of water samples is guaranteed. Reagent tablets, powder reagents, liquid reagents, or cuvette tests are used depending on the method.

Armitage Shanks Markwik 21


(TB H2a) an integral thermostatic bib mixer tap, single long lever mixer. Single flow fixed horizontal nozzle, sequential operation. Sequential operation ensures both hot and cold supply are purged on each use, long lever gives precise control. Insulated technology keeps the ‘hot’ side of the mixer at a safe surface temperature.

AS Shower chrome

AS Shower chrome

Legionnaires‘ disease is usually spread by the breathing in of water vapour containing Legionella bacteria which is then deposited on the lungs. The bacteria thrives in water temperatures between 25 and 45°C and so showers by their very nature create an ideal environment for the bacteria to spread. The AS SHOWER chrome filter provides reliable and immediate protection against Legionella, removing bacteria at the point of use, allowing users to shower safely.