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Facts & Figures of Legionellosis

What causes Legionellosis? Many different types of bacteria can cause respiratory diseases. Ranging in seriousness from Streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat) to much more deadly pathogens like Mycobacterium tuberculosis or Vibrio cholerae (cholera), bacterial infections of the respiratory tract present a major challenge for health care providers around the world. Tuberculosis alone is estimated to make up to 10 million people per year sick.   A serious bacterial… Read More

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Four Important Guidelines for Getting the Most out of your Metagenomics Data

Metagenomics is an emerging field.  Metagenomics is a quickly evolving field, with new papers being published and new products and services being offered each year. Since metagenomics analysis is a relatively new field in microbiology, standard procedures are still being worked on from different researchers and companies. If results are to be comparable between different research institutions and companies, it… Read More

Test Your Knowledge: Drinking Water & Lead

Drinking water and lead is not a new topic of discussion for us. Recently, we’ve looked at the issue of lead toxicity in municipal drinking water systems. We’ve touched on several recent cases that garnered a lot of media attention, including Flint, Michigan, Montreal, Quebec and Newark, New Jersey. Now that we’ve seen some of the cities where this problem is happening, let’s consider… Read More

A Primer On Legionella

A Synopsis on Legionella Legionella, the bacteria responsible for causing Legionnaire’s disease, is one of the most significant sources of waterborne disease outbreaks in the U.S. Investigations by the CDC have indicated that many cases could have been prevented through better water management. We’ve previously written about Legionnaire’s disease and how ATP testing can be… Read More

The Effects of Lead in Drinking Water, and a Few Recent Examples

Exposure to lead has long been understood to have serious impacts on human health. Ingesting lead can have a wide range of effects including: learning problems, increased blood pressure, kidney disorders, stunted growth and developmental delays. Lead can enter the human bloodstream a number of ways; inhaling small particles of lead-based paint or drinking water… Read More

Invasive Marine Species and Ballast Water Management: The Past and Future

Understanding the microbial content of a ship’s ballast water is critical. As the guidelines laid out in the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention are widely adopted, having a keen understanding of the microbial content of a ship’s ballast water has become critical. This was not always the case. We can see in the past that… Read More

International Maritime Organization Answers Questions About The Ballast Water Management Convention

The Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) entered into force globally on September 8, 2017. In a recent document, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) responded to frequently asked questions about the BWMC and its provisions, and what the entry into force means for international shipping. Here’s a brief summary. What is the Ballast Water Management Convention… Read More

Q&A with Dr. Ian Pepper on Innovative Uses for LuminUltra’s ATP Technology

Dave Tracey, LuminUltra’s Director of Strategic Sales Channels, sat down with Dr. Ian Pepper, Professor of Environmental Microbiology at the University of Arizona, to talk about how he’s taken LuminUltra’s microbial monitoring technology into a new and exciting application – soil microbiology. His career has focused on soil and water quality, and most recently soil… Read More