Detection of Legionella Contamination in Tabriz Hospitals by PCR Assay

Reza Ghotaslou, Fatemeh Yeganeh Sefidan, Mohammad Taghi Akhi, Mohammad Hossein Soroush & Mohammad Saeid Hejazi
Purpose: The present study was designed to evaluate the occurrence of Legionella contamination in the tap water of Tabriz hospitals, Azerbaijan, Iran. Methods: One hundred and forty water samples from diverse water supply systems of 17 hospitals were collected and analyzed for the presence of Legionella spp. by PCR assay. Results: In this study, 10 of 140 (7.1%) samples were positive for Legionella which L. pneumophila was detected in 4 (2.85%) water samples. Conclusion: In...