Legionella Water Testing
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a policy memorandum June 02, 2017 requiring healthcare facilities to implement a water management program. These water management policies include procedures to help prevent the development and transmission of communicable diseases and infections. While all diseases are a concern, the increase in Legionnaires’ Disease is specified in the memorandum.
The North Dakota Department of Health, Division of Microbiology, is offering Legionella testing services. Legionella testing is available for healthcare facilities and outbreak investigations only. Please contact the laboratory at firstname.lastname@example.org for collection kits.
Collection directions and shipping information is provided on the sample collection form: Legionella Water Testing Form
Currently there are no established regulatory levels if Legionella is detected. The laboratory will report the presence or absence of Legionella until further guidance is issued.
Please refer to the following resources if your sample is found to have Legionella present.
- CDC Legionella Toolkit: https://www.cdc.gov/legionella/downloads/toolkit.pdf
- CDC Legionella Environmental Assessment Form: https://www.cdc.gov/legionella/downloads/legionella-environmental-assessment.pdf
- CDC Environmental Investigation Videos: https://www.cdc.gov/legionella/videos.html
- CMS Legionella and Other Waterborne Pathogens Surveyor Training Video: https://surveyortraining.cms.hhs.gov/pubs/VideoInformation.aspx?id=134&cid=0CMSLEGWEB-Archived
We are unable to perform Legionella testing at this time due to COVID.