October 2019 JEH: Direct From CDC/Environmental Health Services

Direct From CDC/Environmental Health Services ColumnOctober 2019 issue of the Journal of Environmental Health

October 2019 Journal of Environmental Health (Volume 82, Number 3)

 

Editor's Note: NEHA strives to provide up-to-date and relevant information on environmental health and to build partnerships in the profession. In pursuit of these goals, we feature a column on environmental health services from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in every issue of the Journal.

In these columns, authors from CDC's Water, Food, and Environmental Health Services Branch, as well as guest authors, will share insights and information about environmental health programs, trends, issues, and resources. The conclusions of these columns are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position of CDC.

 

Preventing Legionnaires’ Disease Through a New Learning Opportunity: A Training on Legionella Water Management Programs

LCDR Candis M. Hunter, MSPH, PhD, REHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

LCDR Shaun McMullen, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Chris Edens, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Liljana Johnson Baddour, MPH, National Network of Public Health Institutes

Jennifer McKeever, MPH, MSW, National Network of Public Health Institutes

Kelly A. Reynolds, PhD, University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Western Region Training Center at the University of Arizona

Douglas L. Taren, PhD, University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Western Region Training Center at the University of Arizona

 

Description

There is a need for water management program training. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of reported Legionnaires’ disease (LD) cases increased by more than 250% over the past decade, with at least 8,400 cases reported in 2018. A review of CDC field investigations indicates that 85% of LD outbreaks were caused by problems that could have been prevented with more effective water management. Water management programs (WMPs) can help prevent cases of LD by identifying and addressing conditions that might lead to the growth and spread of Legionella bacteria within premise plumbing systems.

In December 2018, CDC and partners launched Preventing Legionnaires’ Disease: A Training on Legionella Water Management Programs (PreventLD Training). The online training was designed for public health professionals, building managers, maintenance and engineering staff, safety officers, equipment and water treatment suppliers, infection control specialists, and other professionals involved in WMP design and implementation. This month’s column provides a highlight of the PreventLD Training.

 

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PREVENTING LEGIONNAIRES' DISEASE THROUGH A NEW LEARNING OPPORTUNITY: A TRAINING ON LEGIONELLA WATER MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS (PDF)