Sep 10 2009
Excerpts from an online article – P. aeruginosa’s occurence in drinking water is probably related more to its ability to colonize biofilms in plumbing fixtures (i.e., faucets, showerheads, etc.)
P. aeruginosa can cause a wide range of infections, and is a leading cause of illness in immunocompromised individuals. In particular, it can be a serious pathogen in hospitals (Dembry et al. 1998)
P. aeruginosa is also a major pathogen in burn and cystic fibrosis (CF) patients and causes a high mortalitly rate in both populations. (Molina et al. 1991; Pollack 1995)
Tap water appears to be a significant route of transmission in hospitals, from colonization of plumbing fixtures. Infections and colonization can be significantly reduced by placement of filters on the water taps.
Nephros Dual Stage Ultrafilters are available for sinks, showers, burn unit tubs and post RO/DI water treatment equipment.
PMID: 19484589 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Rev Environ Contam Toxicol. 2009;201:71-115
1. Risk assessment of Pseudomonas aeruginios in water.
Mena KD, Gerba CP University of Texas-Houston School of Public Health, Houston, Texas, USA