Is Legionnaires’ Disease a Problem in Canada?

Legionnaires’ disease is caused by Legionella bacteria. It is a potentially fatal respiratory disease characterised by severe pneumonia. At least 50 species and 70 strains (serotypes) of Legionella bacteria have been identified. Over 90% of Legionnaires’ disease cases are caused by Legionella pneumophila. The first recorded outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease was in 1976 in Philadelphia, […]

MBL Among The CDC ELITE Certified Labs in Legionella Testing

Mold & Bacteria Consulting Laboratories (MBL)  has certification in the analysis of Legionella bacteria by the prestigious Environmental Legionella Isolation Techniques Evaluation (ELITE) program of the US Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC). MBL is one of the only 3 Canadian independent laboratories having this industry-leading certification. MBL is also accredited by the Canadian […]

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 […]

Legionella pneumophila: More than just a Legionnaire’s Disease

Legionella pneumophila was the culprit behind the death of 23 people in Toronto in 2005 and 13 in Quebec City in 2012. This clever little organism can cause legionellosis, which is commonly referred to as Legionnaires’ Disease. Legionnaires’ Disease is primarily a disease of the lungs, and although the bacteria is generally thought of as an opportunistic […]

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