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Treatment of a Legionella pneumophila‐Colonized Water Distribution System Using Copper‐Silver Ionization and Continuous Chlorination

Amaya Biurrun , MD, Luis Caballero , MD, Carmen Pelaz , PhD, Elena León , ICP and Alberto Gago , MD Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology Vol. 20, No. 6 (June 1999), pp. 426-428 Published by: Cambridge University Press on behalf of The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America DOI: 10.1086/501645 https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/501645 Page Count: 3

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Topics: Ionization, Chlorination, Electrodes, Epidemiology, Water samples, Chlorine, Humidifiers, Legionella pneumophila, Copper Give feedback Were these topics helpful?

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ABSTRACT 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%. © 1999 by The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. All rights reserved. Request Permissions

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