This study was conducted in our 650 bed general hospital, which is situated on the southern outskirts of Milan (Italy). After a first nosocomial case of pneumonia (caused by Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1), we first used a conventional method (heat shock) without success. To solve the problem we then tried a copper-silver ionization system combined with a chlorine dioxide device. During the four years after the installation of these two systems we recorded a significant (p <or = 0.05) reduction in Legionella colonization, and no new cases of Legionnaires' disease were observed. Our results suggest that the Cu-Ag ionization system, combined with a chlorine dioxide device, is a highly promising method for the control of Legionella pneumophila in a hospital water distribution system.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Annali di igiene : medicina preventiva e di comunità|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2007|
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