Protect Yourself from Legionnaires' Disease: The waterborne illness that continues to kill and Harm

Protect Yourself from Legionnaires' Disease: The waterborne illness that continues to kill and Harm

by Matthew Freije

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Protect Yourself from Legionnaires' Disease: The waterborne illness that continues to kill and Harm by Matthew Freije

Tens of thousands of people contract Legionnaires' disease each year, 5 to 30% of whom die from it within a few days. You can get the disease while showering, brushing your teeth, drinking water, washing your face, bathing in a hot tub, or walking by a decorative fountain.

Legionnaires' disease is not rare. People just think it's rare because over 90% of the cases go undetected. Many deaths attributed to pneumonia are actually caused by Legionella bacteria.

In simple language, Legionella expert Matt Freije explains how to avoid the disease in public places-for example, in hospitals, office buildings, and hotels-and how to reduce your risk at work, at the dentist, and from various types of equipment like misters, cooling towers, decorative fountains, hot tubs, and whirlpool bathtubs.

The book starts with facts you need to know about Legionnaires' disease: causes, symptoms, susceptibility, death rate, diagnosis, undetected cases.

The survivor stories in chapter 2 will make you realize how horrible the disease is, and that it can affect anyone.

The last chapter tells how to avoid the disease at home. Advice is given about faucets and showers, water heaters, softeners, filters, humidifiers, and home construction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781930488175
Publisher: HC Information Resources
Publication date: 01/13/2011
Pages: 118
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Matt Freije is a consultant, author, and course instructor specializing in Legionella and other waterborne pathogens. He earned a bachelors of science degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, a Water Treatment Plant Operations Specialist certificate from California State University, Sacramento, and is a Certified Water Specialist. He is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the International Water Association (IWA), and the Water Quality Association (WQA). He is the author of several articles, a frequent guest speaker, and the editor of Legionella E-news, an international newsletter that covers outbreaks and new technology. Freije has been interviewed on radio and TV and by many newspapers and magazines. His book Legionellae Control in Health Care Facilities: A Guide for Minimizing Risk, an award finalist, has sold in more than 30 countries.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For persons hoping this book will answer all their concerns about Legionnaire's pneumonia and how to protect themselves or others, it won't. I read the book and then accessed one of the websites noted in the bibliography. The website, run by a small team of scientists and a community health nurse and apparently the top research site on legionella in the US, contradicted much of the information in the book. With the credits this author has to his name, I would think he would edit the book to reflect the most up to date thinking and practices on this disease. It was worth the cost of the book, however, to learn of this research site and to get helpful information from the scientists working there (the top scientist actually took the time to respond to my emails).