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Janet Stout, PhD, discusses the problem of Legionella, bacteria that in some healthcare facilities have caused deadly outbreaks of a pneumonia called Legionnaires’ disease, and offers advice to healthcare leaders.
Legionella are bacteria found in water that can cause Legionnaires’ disease, a life-threatening form of pneumonia. In recent years, some of the deadliest Legionnaires’ outbreaks have occurred in healthcare facilities. In this episode, the first in a series of episodes on infection control and prevention in healthcare, Relias Media Editor Jesse Saffron, JD, interviews Janet Stout, PhD, Legionella expert and president of Special Pathogens Laboratory. Stout describes the scope of the Legionella problem and offers advice to healthcare leaders.