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Legionnaires' Disease and Closed off Buildings

  • 1.  Legionnaires' Disease and Closed off Buildings

    Posted 01-05-2021 02:59 PM
    Edited by Shelby M. Morris AIA 01-05-2021 05:28 PM
    As we reenter our offices and buildings that have been shut off, it will be important to watch out for Legionnaires' Disease.  Below are two links with CDC advise on guidance for going back into buildings.

    Has anyone else had to deal with this?  How have you been helping your clients open up buildings that have been unused during much of the pandemic?

    C.D.C. Closes Some Offices Over Bacteria Discovery
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    C.D.C. Closes Some Offices Over Bacteria Discovery
    The nation's foremost public health agency is learning that it is not immune to the complex effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told employees that some office space it leases in the Atlanta area would be closed again after property managers of the buildings discovered Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease, in water sources at the sites.
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    The temporary shutdown or reduced operation of a building and reductions in normal water use can create hazards for returning occupants. Check for hazards before reopening after a prolonged period of building inactivity. Hazards include mold , Legionella (the cause of Legionnaires' disease), and lead and copper contaminationpdf icon external icon from corroded plumbing.
    View this on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention >


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    Shelby Morris AIA
    Principal
    HKS Architects
    Atlanta GA
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  • 2.  RE: Legionnaires' Disease and Closed off Buildings

    Posted 01-05-2021 04:43 PM
    Edited by Maggie Brown 01-05-2021 04:54 PM
    Thanks for sharing Shelby!

    NASEM also has report on Legionella and management of water systems: https://www.nationalacademies.org/our-work/management-of-legionella-in-water-systems

    And an interactive guide for facilities managers: https://www.nap.edu/resource/25474/interactive/



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    Maggie Brown
    Washington DC
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