Dr. Janet E. Stout is president and director of Special Pathogens Laboratory, and research associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. A clinical and environmental microbiologist, she is credited as the first to demonstrate the link between Legionnaires’ disease and the presence of Legionella in hospital water systems. Stout has authored more than 80 peer review papers on Legionella and Legionnaires' disease.
We have learned much about controlling the growth and spread of Legionella bacteria in water systems. Health-care facilities are especially vulnerable. ASHRAE-compliant water management programs can reduce the risk for Legionella and other pathogens in their water systems.