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Inactivation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa – A preliminary laboratory study

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common biofilm-forming Gram-negative bacterium often found in soil and ground water. It can cause diseases especially of the lungs, including pneumonia. Nevertheless, it is an opportunistic pathogen which can cause a wide range of infections in almost any organ or tissue, particularly in patients with a weakened immune system, such as cancer […]

Posted on November 28, 2017

Will climate change increase legionellosis risk?

Blog post contribution by Dr Vera Barbosa, consultant environmental scientist and editor. As reported on the news yesterday, global atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels have hit a record high (Link). CO2 concentration in the atmosphere is now at a level not seen for over three million years, the UN has warned. The CO2 concentration average for […]

Posted on October 31, 2017

Are you placing yourself at risk of over one million pounds fine?

By guest blogger Dr Vera L Barbosa There have been cases of managers of care homes being fined recently for not following the required procedures for the management of the risks posed by Legionella bacteria to residents in the homes they manage. Legionella is a group of bacteria which is well known for causing legionellosis, […]

Posted on September 25, 2017

Legionnaires’ disease cases increase fivefold in Japan

The National Institute of Infectious Diseases reported this month that reported Legionella infections have increased almost fivefold in Japan over the past five years. The researchers speculated that the rise was due to increased use of public whirlpool spas and hot springs. Source: The Mainichi Daily News

Posted on September 18, 2017

Can Legionnaires’ disease cause post-traumatic stress disorder?

Blog post by our work experience 6th Form student Olivia Barbosa-Atkins. Legionnaires’ disease is caused by the bacterium Legionella pneumophila which is found in both potable and non-potable water sources. Legionnaires’ disease (LD) is a grave form of pneumonia typically categorised by the onset of feelings of weakness and fatigue after the incubation period of 2 […]

Posted on August 30, 2017

LEAP 4 is almost here

By our guest blogger Dr Vera Barbosa I have been attending the Legionella and Environmental Action Platform (L.E.A.P.) event for the past two years and I have been very impressed on both occasions. See my previous blog about last year’s event and this one about the first LEAP event I have attended. The event is […]

Posted on May 5, 2017

Controlling Pseudomonas aeruginosa in 7 UK hospitals using copper and silver ionisation

Image credit: Debra Weinstein, Sao-Mai Nguyen-Mau, and Vincent Lee This blog is authored by guest blogger Dr. Vera Barbosa (Consultant Research Scientist and Writer) and was first posted on her LinkedIn page on 6th February. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common biofilm-forming Gram-negative opportunistic bacterium with extensive metabolic diversity, which allows it to thrive in a […]

Posted on February 16, 2017

The Legionella Environmental Action Platform (L.E.A.P.) 4 Event. Wednesday 21st June 2017

By Sonia King, ProEconomy Sales Director The L.E.A.P event was set up in 2013 by the team at Manta Workshops to bring together like minded individuals passionate about water quality. By sharing knowledge, not only with leading authorities in the water industry but also with those ‘on the front line’, L.E.A.P aims to educate and […]

Posted on January 6, 2017

2016 – Our Best Year Yet

By ProEconomy’s Managing Director, Byron Bedford. I wanted to thank all our clients and everyone that has made 2016 such a great year. It’s been our best year ever. For me some of the highlights have included:  30 new Orca systems installed. I really feel that copper and silver ionisation is making fantastic progress as […]

Posted on January 3, 2017

E. coli bigger killer than Legionella and Pseudomonas

It has been reported by the Department of Health that E. coli infections represent 65% of gram-negative infections and killed more than 5,500 NHS patients in 2015 and are set to cost the NHS £2.3 billion by 2018. There is also large variation in hospital infection rates, with the worst performers having more than 5 […]

Posted on December 5, 2016

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