PETER SKALIY, Ph.D.; HAROLD V. McEACHERN, M.S.
Data from this study indicate that the Legionnaires' disease bacterium can survive for a relatively long period of time in water. Four strains survived in distilled water for 69 to 139 d and for 364 to 369 d in tap water. Viable cells from two strains were recovered from tap water at 408 and 415 d. There were no surviving bacteria in cooling-tower water after 24 to 48 h. The rapid die-off was probably due to bactericidal agents added to the water to control growth.
PETER SKALIY, HAROLD V. McEACHERN. Survival of the Legionnaires' Disease Bacterium in Water. Ann Intern Med. 1979;90:662–663. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-90-4-662
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1979;90(4):662-663.
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