Prevention of Disease and Injury From Waterborne Pathogens in Health Care
August 19 - 21, 2020 Sheraton Grand Chicago
NSF International and the National Environmental Health Association will bring together professionals from a wide variety of industries, including health care, to discuss the growing concern of Legionella outbreaks at the third annual Legionella Conference, to be held in August 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. The 2020 Legionella Conference theme, Prevention of Disease and Injury From Waterborne Pathogens in Health Care, centers on how hospitals, water utilities, health departments, industry and regulators can work together to identify best practices for prevention of disease in hospitals, long-term care centers and skilled nursing homes. Join the conversation on how we can work toward safer health care facilities.
Managing the operation of water systems can be especially challenging for facilities that do not have the support of their network to implement needed repairs or replace equipment. Consequently, inadequately maintained health care facilities have been the source of waterborne diseases such as Legionnaires’ disease, an acute respiratory disease caused by Legionella bacteria.
Representatives from public health agencies, water utilities, water industry organizations, regulatory bodies and academia were among 360 international attendees at Legionella Conference 2019, Building Water Systems: The Sustainability and Public Health Nexus, co-hosted by NSF International and the National Environmental Health Association.
Legionnaires’ disease is the deadliest waterborne illness in the United States. The number of reported cases has increased five-fold since the year 2000, and one in 11 infected people dies from the disease. Circle of Blue reporter Brett Walton discussed the battle to control the disease with Patrick Breysse, the director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, at the Legionella Conference 2019.