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The impact of new guidelines in Europe for the control and prevention of travel-associated Legionnaires' disease.
Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2006 Nov; 209(6):547-52.IJ

Abstract

On 1 July 2002, EWGLINET introduced European guidelines for the control and prevention of travel-associated legionnaires' disease. This paper presents the results gathered by the surveillance scheme during the first two and a half years of the operation of the guidelines (to the end of 2004). Two hundred and thirty-seven new clusters and 70 cluster updates were identified. Investigations at 146 sites returned positive samples for legionella, and the proportion of positive sites reached over 60% in 2004. Thirty-four cluster sites were reported to have been investigated satisfactorily, but have gone on to be associated with subsequent cases ('repeater sites'). Fifty-one sites were published on the European Working Group for Legionella Infections (EWGLI) website; the publication states that EWGLINET cannot be confident that the sites have adequate control measures in place. The operation of the guidelines is discussed, and the situation in Turkey highlighted as a particular success.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Respiratory Department, Health Protection Agency Centre for Infections, 61 Colindale Avenue, London, UK. katherine.ricketts@HPA.org.ukNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Evaluation Study
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16815095

Citation

Ricketts, Katherine D., et al. "The Impact of New Guidelines in Europe for the Control and Prevention of Travel-associated Legionnaires' Disease." International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, vol. 209, no. 6, 2006, pp. 547-52.
Ricketts KD, Joseph CA, European Working Group for Legionella Infections. The impact of new guidelines in Europe for the control and prevention of travel-associated Legionnaires' disease. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2006;209(6):547-52.
Ricketts, K. D., & Joseph, C. A. (2006). The impact of new guidelines in Europe for the control and prevention of travel-associated Legionnaires' disease. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 209(6), 547-52.
Ricketts KD, Joseph CA, European Working Group for Legionella Infections. The Impact of New Guidelines in Europe for the Control and Prevention of Travel-associated Legionnaires' Disease. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2006;209(6):547-52. PubMed PMID: 16815095.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The impact of new guidelines in Europe for the control and prevention of travel-associated Legionnaires' disease. AU - Ricketts,Katherine D, AU - Joseph,C A, AU - ,, Y1 - 2006/06/30/ PY - 2006/02/01/received PY - 2006/04/28/revised PY - 2006/05/02/accepted PY - 2006/7/4/pubmed PY - 2007/2/16/medline PY - 2006/7/4/entrez SP - 547 EP - 52 JF - International journal of hygiene and environmental health JO - Int J Hyg Environ Health VL - 209 IS - 6 N2 - On 1 July 2002, EWGLINET introduced European guidelines for the control and prevention of travel-associated legionnaires' disease. This paper presents the results gathered by the surveillance scheme during the first two and a half years of the operation of the guidelines (to the end of 2004). Two hundred and thirty-seven new clusters and 70 cluster updates were identified. Investigations at 146 sites returned positive samples for legionella, and the proportion of positive sites reached over 60% in 2004. Thirty-four cluster sites were reported to have been investigated satisfactorily, but have gone on to be associated with subsequent cases ('repeater sites'). Fifty-one sites were published on the European Working Group for Legionella Infections (EWGLI) website; the publication states that EWGLINET cannot be confident that the sites have adequate control measures in place. The operation of the guidelines is discussed, and the situation in Turkey highlighted as a particular success. SN - 1438-4639 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16815095/The_impact_of_new_guidelines_in_Europe_for_the_control_and_prevention_of_travel_associated_Legionnaires'_disease_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1438-4639(06)00051-4 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -