Legionnaires' bacteria levels higher than thought in some federal buildings

By Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, March 19, 2018

An Ottawa company that tests for infection-causing bacteria says the germs that cause legionnaires’ disease went above acceptable levels in more than one-third of federal government buildings it sampled last summer.

Four of the 51 buildings tested were at least 10 times over the limit for legionella bacteria. One building was at least 100 times over the limit.

But none of the buildings are being publicly identified by Public Services and Procurement Canada, which sponsored the research.


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