Legionnaires’ Outbreak

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The recent media magnification of the Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak shouldn’t be taken lightly. As a company whose goal is to service our clients both effectively and efficiently, we feel it is within our duty to ensure we raise awareness and further provide information about Legionnaires’ Disease and prevention action plans.

What is Legionnaires’ Disease?

“Legionnaires’ Disease, or Legionellosis, is a severe infection caused by Legionella species, primarily L. pneumophila. In fact, L. pneumophila is responsible for 90% of infections.” (Legionella.org)

What are the symptoms of Legionnaires’ Disease?

“The disease usually develops 2-10 days after exposure to the bacteria. Signs and symptoms may include: headache, muscle pain, chills, fever (of 104° or higher), cough which may bring up mucus and sometimes blood, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion or other mental changes.” (Mayoclinic.org)

In order to provide guidance to building owners and managers and those involved in the design, construction, installation, commissioning, operation, maintenance, and service of centralized building water systems, the ASHRAE Standard 188-2015 was created. The intent of this risk management plan set forth through ASHRAE Standard is to apply risk management dynamics as a means to lessen the probability of the disease at your facility. It is with great concern we advise you to construct and move forward with a widespread and strong legionella management defense plan.

We at BP hold the ability to create and provide you with a defense plan that can be put in motion immediately. Call or email your BP representative to start the water management plan process. Your safety and well being is our main concern!

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