Experts: New regulations for Legionnaires' disease


Published: 27May2014

Under new Quebec building regulations that take effect in July, cooling towers will have to be examined every 30 days in order to better control concentrations of Legionella pneumophila, the bacteria that can cause Legionnaires’ disease.

McGill experts:

Sébastien Faucher - Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Resource Sciences
Expertise: Water-borne pathogens and the regulation of virulence factors and genes involved in stress response. His lab uses Legionella pneumophila as a model to investigate the relationship between bacterial pathogens and the host. The genetic and environmental factors affecting the survival of bacterial pathogens in water are also investigated.
On the web:
Email: sebastien.faucher2 [at]
tel.: 514-398-7886

Nilmini Mendis - PhD student in the Faucher Lab
Expertise: Mendis is developing a means to track the bacteria responsible for Legionnaires’ disease, which becomes dormant and undetectable at low temperatures, in order to improve water testing facilities and minimize outbreaks.
On the web:
Email: nilmini.mendis9 [at]
tel. 514-398-7892

Source: Tours de refroidissement : Québec agit

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