Legionnaires’ Disease and Symptoms

Legionnaires’ disease (LEE-juh-nares) is a form of pneumonia caused by the bacterium Legionella pneumophila. A mild form of the disease is called Pontiac fever. Unlike Legionnaires’ disease, which affects only a small percentage of people who are exposed, Pontiac fever will affect approximately 90 percent of those exposed. In addition, the time between exposure to […]

Expanded Recall for Foaming Hand Soap due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa Contamination

Recently there was a recall of Antimicrobial Foaming Hand Soap (Triclosan 0.3%) due to contamination with Pseudomonas aeruginosa. As a precautionary measure, the recall was extended to 21 lots of the product X3 Clean Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer (Benzalkonium chloride 0.13%). Pseudomonas aeruginosa was discovered in 1882 and was subsequently found to cause a variety of […]

Legionnaires’ disease kills 11 in Quebec, 3 in Chicago

Legionnaires’ disease recently claimed 11 lives in Quebec City and 3 lives in Chicago. Legionnaires’ disease, first identified in 1976 when an outbreak of pneumonia sickened hundreds of people who had attended an American Legion convention in Philadelphia is caused by Legionella bacteria. It is a deadly form of pneumonia contracted by inhaling airborne water […]

Some Bacteria Are Good For You- Find out Which Ones

There are a lot of general misconceptions about bacteria in our society. A lot of people have developed a “yuck” factor when they think of bacteria. Yes it is true, that there are many of them out there that can cause disease or make you sick. But, there are also some out there that help us fight […]

Metalworking Fluids Bacteria and Fungi

What are Metalworking Fluids? Metalworking fluids (MWF) is the name given to a range of oils (mineral -petroleum, animal, marine, vegetable or synthetic oils) and other liquids that are used to cool and/or lubricate metal works during machining, grinding, cutting, milling, etc. There are four basic classes of Metalworking Fluids: Straight Oils: Also called "cutting" […]

Testing For Bacteria

Bacteria Testing We offer various bacterial analytical services and tests at Mold & Bacteria Consulting Laboratories (MBL). We can test air samples (taken by an RCS sampler or an Anderson sampler), surface samples (taken by culture-swabs), and water samples, as well as many other types of samples. If you have a question regarding a particular […]

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