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Treatment of a Legionella pneumophila-Colonized Water Distribution System Using Copper-Silver Ionization and Continuous Chlorination
- Amaya Biurrun (a1), Luis Caballero (a2), Carmen Pelaz (a3), Elena León (a1) and Alberto Gago (a4)...
- (a1) Department of Preventive Medicine, Talavera de la Reina (Toledo), Microbiology National Center, Carlos III Health Institute, Majadahondd (Madrid), Spain
- (a2) Department of Clinical Microbiology, Talavera de la Reina (Toledo), Microbiology National Center, Carlos III Health Institute, Majadahondd (Madrid), Spain
- (a3) Department of Bacteriology, Microbiology National Center, Carlos III Health Institute, Majadahondd (Madrid), Spain
- (a4) Nta Sra del Prado Hospital, Talavera de la Reina (Toledo), Microbiology National Center, Carlos III Health Institute, Majadahondd (Madrid), Spain
- Published online: 02 January 2015
The detection in April 1997 of a case of nosocomial legionellosis in our hospital led to the discovery that both our hot- and cold-water circuits were heavily colonized with Legionella pneumophila. Conventional methods for eradication of the organisms were unsuccessful, so a copper-silver (Cu-Ag) ionization system and a continuous chlorination system were installed. Five months later, the number of colonized sites decreased from an initial 58.3% to 16.7%.
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