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Hospital-Acquired Legionnaires Disease in a University Hospital: Impact of the Copper-Silver Ionization System

Josep Mòdol, Miquel Sabriä, Esteban Reynaga, Maria L. Pedro-Botet, Nieves Sopena, Pere Tudela, Irma Casas and Celestino Rey-Joly

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 44, issue 2, pages 263-265
Published in print January 2007 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online January 2007 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/510430
Hospital-Acquired Legionnaires Disease in a University Hospital: Impact of the Copper-Silver Ionization System

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We evaluated the impact of the copper-silver ionization system in a hospital where hyperendemic nosocomial legionellosis and was present and all previous disinfection measures had failed. After implementation of the copper-silver ionization system, environmental colonization with Legionella species decreased significantly, and the incidence of nosocomial legionellosis decreased dramatically, from 2.45 to 0.18 cases per 1000 patient discharges.

Journal Article.  1833 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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