Senior Health: What is Legionnaire’s Disease with Dr. Janet Stout Mini

Dr. Janet E. Stout is an infectious disease microbiologist; Dr. Stout is recognized worldwide for seminal discoveries and pioneering research in Legionella. Discover what is Legionnaire’s Disease on our latest episode! Meet Dr. Janet E. Stout Dr. Janet E. Stout is president and director of Special Pathogens Laboratory and a research associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. An infectious disease microbiologist, Dr. Stout is recognized worldwide for seminal discoveries and pioneering research in Legionella. Her expertise includes prevention and control strategies for Legionnaires’ disease in building water systems. Dr. Stout’s more than 30 years of research is published in peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals. She also has authored textbook chapters on Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease, including the Legionella chapter in the APIC Text. An advocate for prevention, Dr. Stout assisted in developing the first Legionella prevention guideline (1993) in the United States, which continues to serve as a model for national and global health agencies and organizations. Additionally, she serves on the ASHRAE Legionella standard committee for Legionella Guideline 12 and the SPC 188 committee for ANSI / ASHRAE Standard 188-2015 Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water[…..]

Seniors Should Not Be The Canary In The Coal Mine for Legionnaires Disease

Dr. Janet E. Stout is an infectious disease microbiologist; Dr. Stout is recognized worldwide for seminal discoveries and pioneering research in Legionella. Dr. Stout explains why getting a Legionnaires’ disease diagnosis is challenging. Unfortunately, twenty percent of people who get the disease will die from it. Legionella bacteria are found in warm water. The most significant contributions come from cooling towers, hot tubs, decorative water features, faucets, and showers. Fifty percent of buildings have Legionella bacteria in them. Tune in as Dr. Stout explains the importance of getting tested for Legionnaires’ disease, where the hotbeds for Legionella bacteria are, and why seniors are the canary in the coal mine when it comes to Legionella exposure. In This Episode: [03:10] Meet Dr. Janet E. Stout. Dr. Stout explains her passion for special pathogens. [05:45] About Legionnaires’ disease and where the Legionella bacteria is found. [11:20] How many cases of Legionnaires’ disease are documented in the United States. [14:00] Certain areas that are considered hotbeds for Legionnaires’ disease.   [19:25] How to advocate to your local politicians about Legionella bacteria. [24:05] Why you are less likely to have Legionella bacteria in your home. Key Takeaways: The common symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease is[…..]