Legionnaires' disease crisis - Magnus urges authorities to adopt better maintenance and detection practices


QUEBEC CITY, Sept. 19, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Following today's announcement that there is a match between samples taken from a cooling tower in Quebec City and the form of Legionnaire's disease found in patients there, Magnus Chemicals suggests in a novel, informative video a series of best practices to help building owners and municipal and provincial authorities fight the spread of the bacterium.

The Legionella crisis in Quebec City is considered to be the largest outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Canadian history, in terms of the number of patients affected. "A maintenance program not only maintains the integrity and efficacy of cooling tower equipment, but it also protects public health," explains Michel Poirier, senior account associate at Magnus Chemicals.

Some of the best practices for preventing the spread of the bacterium suggested by the experts at Magnus Chemicals include:

  • maintaining the tower in good general condition;
  • cleaning and disinfecting it at least once a year;
  • administering descaling and anticorrosion treatment;
  • using appropriate, proven biocides;
  • detection by rapid analysis (PCR technology) with results in 24 hours, specifically for Legionella pneumophila.

According to the Legionella experts at Magnus Chemicals, it is important to start discussing the possible future regulation of cooling tower maintenance in Quebec.

About Magnus Chemicals
Founded in 1946, Magnus Chemicals is a leader in the application of chemical and mechanical solutions, notably in water treatment for HVAC systems. Its Legionella monitoring and risk minimization program comprises a series of analyses and maintenance measures aimed at optimizing water treatment systems and preventing the spread of the bacterium. For more information, see www.magnus.ca/en/hvac-water-treatment-legionella-prevention.php.

Video with caption: "Video: We are currently experiencing the largest recorded legionella outbreak in Canadian history, in terms of the number of people affected. Expert Michel Poirier (Magnus Chemicals) explains how the bacteria can contaminate cooling towers and describes the best practices on how to prevent such outbreaks and protect the health of the population.". Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20120919_C8030_VIDEO_EN_18152.mp4&posterurl=http://photos.newswire.ca/images/20120919_C8030_PHOTO_EN_18152.jpg&clientName=Magnus%20Chemicals&caption=Video%3A%20We%20are%20currently%20experiencing%20the%20largest%20recorded%20legionella%20outbreak%20in%20Canadian%20history%2C%20in%20terms%20of%20the%20number%20of%20people%20affected%2E%20Expert%20Michel%20Poirier%20%28Magnus%20Chemicals%29%20explains%20how%20the%20bacteria%20can%20contaminate%20cooling%20towers%20and%20describes%20the%20best%20practices%20on%20how%20to%20prevent%20such%20outbreaks%20and%20protect%20the%20health%20of%20the%20population%2E&title=Magnus%20Chemicals&headline=Legionnaires%27%20disease%20crisis%20%2D%20Magnus%20urges%20authorities%20to%20adopt%20better%20maintenance%20and%20detection%20practices

SOURCE: Magnus Chemicals

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