Outbreaks of Legionnaires Disease continue to be on the rise in the United States according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. However, manufacturers of cooling towers — a common source of outbreaks — are attacking the problem at the source with the development of new anti-microbial options.
Legionnaires Disease is a severe form of lung infection caused by exposure to Legionella bacteria. Found naturally in freshwater environments such as lakes and streams, Legionella becomes a health hazard when it grows unabated in water that is not properly treated. In addition to cooling towers, this can include showerheads, hot tubs, public fountains and hot water heaters to name a few.