Is Legionella Dangerous?

Despite the numerous advancements in medical science through the years, some bacteria have managed to thrive relatively unnoticed by society. Waterborne pathogens like Legionella pneumophila spread disease to unsuspecting consumers through contaminated water every day, and it has been the cause of many deaths of the years. This specific bacteria was only discovered in 1987, and the deceptive symptoms make it difficult to track exactly how many infections there have been.

However, scientists believe that about 1 in 10 people who contract Legionnaire’s Disease, which is caused by Legionella, will die and more will suffer from lung failure. The threat of this bacteria and the diseases it causes cannot be ignored, but the health issues caused by it are often misidentified as something else.

With symptoms including fever, coughs, headaches, and muscle aches, it can be easy to misidentify the disease as pneumonia or a bad cold. Bacteria like Legionella are being combated through increased attention in the scientific community and learning how to detect Legionella has been a key part of overcoming the threat it poses.

Nova Biologicals, and other microbiological testing laboratories, specialize in analyzing water, food, surface, and environmental samples in order to better understand how these bacteria spread and how to prevent it. With their help, we have been able to make great strides in stopping infections and handling outbreaks safely and efficiently.

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For more than 25 years, Nova Biologicals has provided reliable and affordable microbiological testing services for many companies in many different industries e.g. public water systems, medical device manufacturers, schools, research and development organizations, consumers government agencies, consumer products companies, food, and many more.

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