NSF International, National Science Foundation to Host Legionella Conference

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – NSF International is hosting Legionella Conference 2018 – Managing Legionella and Other Pathogens in Building Water Systems on May 9-11. The three-day conference is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and marks the first time experts from industry, academia, public health, medicine and government will meet to discuss Legionella and other pathogens found in water distribution systems, building water plumbing systems and cooling towers.

Legionella Conference attendees will discuss and learn the latest monitoring, treatment and management approaches for successfully preventing the spread of Legionella in buildings, hospitals and other at-risk facilities.

The conference will feature more than 40 speakers, including representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state organizations and various technical, mitigation and plumbing groups. Topics will cover biofilms, analytical techniques for detection and quantification, management technologies, prevention techniques, risk assessment and state and federal guidance and requirements.

In the last year, more than 6,000 Americans were diagnosed with the waterborne disease, which is caused by inhaling small water droplets contaminated with Legionella bacteria. According to a recent study by the CDC, bacteria responsible for Legionnaires’ disease are common in cooling towers throughout the United States. The CDC found that nine out of 10 outbreaks could have been avoided if a properly designed and implemented water management plan had been in place.

For more information or to register to attend the conference, visit: www.legionella2018.org. Conference attendees are encouraged to present new innovations, research and data. The call for submissions is open until 11:59 p.m. EST on Feb. 23.