Event Title

Predicting Potential Legionnaires’ Outbreaks Using GIS

Location

Old Dominion University, Learning Commons at Perry Library, Room 1311

Start Date

8-4-2017 9:30 AM

End Date

8-4-2017 9:50 AM

Description

Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia that is caused by the bacteria Legionella. It is not contagious by touch but is from breathing in the bacteria. The disease grows in moist climates and in the city, air conditioning serves as the petri dish. The elderly is at the most risk for contracting the disease with frequent usages of air conditioning and cooling towers. This study uses geographic information systems (GIS) to assess the hotspots of cooling towers and community pools in relation to nursing homes and high-elderly population areas. The results show that census tracts with high-elderly citizens and nursing homes are within range of community pools, and cooling towers, increasing their risk of contracting the illness.

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Apr 8th, 9:30 AM Apr 8th, 9:50 AM

Predicting Potential Legionnaires’ Outbreaks Using GIS

Old Dominion University, Learning Commons at Perry Library, Room 1311

Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia that is caused by the bacteria Legionella. It is not contagious by touch but is from breathing in the bacteria. The disease grows in moist climates and in the city, air conditioning serves as the petri dish. The elderly is at the most risk for contracting the disease with frequent usages of air conditioning and cooling towers. This study uses geographic information systems (GIS) to assess the hotspots of cooling towers and community pools in relation to nursing homes and high-elderly population areas. The results show that census tracts with high-elderly citizens and nursing homes are within range of community pools, and cooling towers, increasing their risk of contracting the illness.