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Outbreak analysis results in 10 recommendations to Quebec government

December 10, 2012 | By HPAC Magazine


The long-awaited final report of Dr. François Desbiens of the DRSP (Direction régionale de santé publique de la Capitale-Nationale) regarding the legionnaires’ outbreak in Quebec City last summer was released December 6. The 10 recommendations addressed to the Quebec Government aim to prevent a similar situation and to help officials to react quickly if it should happen again. The unprecedented crisis in Quebec City affected a total of 181 people, including 13 deaths. Dr. Desbiens’s 145 page full report (in French) can be downloaded in PDF format from the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de la Capitale Nationale. Mechanical contractors may be most impacted by Recommendations 4 and 5, while the other recommendations relate to public management programs and procedures concerns. Recommendation 4 reads: To manage design, maintenance and operation of cooling towers by regulations, including a maintenance program. Recommendation 5 reads: To provide adequate resources for the implementation, follow up and compliance to these regulations. “Considering how contaminated cooling towers impact on people’s health, I am confident that they [government agencies] will take our recommendations seriously,” said Dr. Desbiens during the news conference. Luc Boily

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