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Yale Study Finds Legionella Bacteria Increased Near Watersheds, Drainage Basins

The number of new cases of Legionnaires’ disease has increased in recent years, and a new Yale University study indicates that people living near watersheds have the highest risk of developing the illness.

LegionnairesA new study conducted by the Yale School of Public Health links watersheds and drainage basins to an increased risk for Legionnaires’ disease, a deadly form of pneumonia that spreads through inhalation of contaminated airborne water particles.

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What’s the Problem?

January 25, 2018 – An analysis of nearly 2 decades of studies by lead author Kelsie Cassell, M.P.H., found that elevated rainfall and greater streamflow were linked to an increased incidence of Legionnaires’ disease, according to the Yale School of Public Health.

For the study, Cassell and her colleagues looked at cases of non-outbreak legionellosis requiring hospitalization from 1999 to 2015. They found 2 regional watersheds, the Naugatuck and Quinebaug, showed a higher incidence of disease compared to the statewide average.

The researchers also found an increased rate of Legionnaires’ among people who lived near 4 rivers. Those living within 10 miles of the Quinebaug River and the Hockanum Brook had the highest increased risk of the illness, according to the study.

Natural reservoirs were also found to have a greater affect on the development of sporadic legionellosis, a respiratory disease caused by Legionella bacteria, than previously estimated.

“Our findings demonstrate that the natural environment could have a greater role in influencing the risk of disease than previously thought,” Cassell said.

The study was published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

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