The Project

The subject of this project is Legionella, a bacterium responsible for some respiratory illnesses. Legionnaires’ Disease is the most severe form of infection that is characterized by an atypical pneumonia. Legionella is an environmental hazard of great importance for public and environmental health that deserves attention from various fields.

This book was originally published in Portuguese in April 2014. After that we, from SETRI, and all authors started to work to translate the whole ebook that we present freely to anyone interested to read it.

This book was designed and published by SETRI that covers topics such as environmental law in Brazil, public health, risk assessment, environmental risk, microbiological analysis, clinical analysis, risk mitigation, risk prevention and ecological aspects of these bacteria, among other things. This book has the participation of several professionals and experts in different areas of work where Legionella is an issue of concern.

All texts in this book are of responsibility of their authors:


Chapter 1
About Legionella origins
Chapter 2
General Characteristics of Legionella ssp
Chapter 3
Legionella in the medical area, lack of diagnosis in hospitals
Chapter 4
Legionella Pneumonia
Chapter  5
Legionellosis as occupational disease
Chapter 6
Legionellosis – Laboratorial aspects
Chapter  7
Legionellosis and Health Surveillance of Food
Chapter 8
HACCP-based Building Water Management Programs
Chapter  9
Chapter 10
Legionellaand air conditioning
Chapter 11
Legionella: Sustainable building certification (AQUA HQE process)
Chapter 12
Legionella, an important discussion in the sustainable construction global movement
Chapter 13
Legionella,an unknown enemy in green buildings
Chapter  14
The Caution with Legionella within the Hospitality Industry
Chapter 15
Legionella analysis in water
Chapter 16
Detection of Legionllea sp. by DNA amplification
Chapter 17
Some disinfection processes
Chapter 18
Legionella Risk Reduction in the UK – does legislation and guidance reduce the number of cases of Legionnaires’ Disease
Chapter 19
Legionella in Portugal
Chapter 20
Legionella and Legionellosis
Chapter 21
The importance of Public Policies and information to address Legionella
Chapter 22
Legionella and the legal aspects in Brazil
Chapter  23
Negligence in Legionella implies also environmental risks: urban environment threatened
Chapter 24
Legionella Risk Assessment: a tool against an epidemic