Iowa - Legionella Prevention and Costs of Legionnaires Outbreaks

Historical Headlines Related to Legionella

January 26, 2024

A Pleasant Hill nursing home was investigating a rare case of Legionnaires' disease. One resident was infected and underwent treated. The nursing home was working with the Iowa Department of Public Health regarding precautions and treatment and bottled water was provided for residents. Des Moines Water Works said it was advised by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Health and Human Services that "no action is necessary," as the case "appears to be specific to the individual facility." Water samples from the distribution system in the area showed no bacteria present. (Source)

Reported Settlements and Jury Awards

Given the incidence of legionella in Iowa, and its associated harm, personal injury claims and litigation are also becoming more frequent. Reported settlements and jury awards are unavailable at this time.

State Cap on Jury Awards

Iowa does not have a cap on the award amounts allowable by law. In addition, public health notices and negative media attention can also lead to business interruption and reputation damage.

Groundwater Temperature Risk Level – Medium

Overall Liability and Risk for Louisiana – Very High

No, ASHRAE 188 is not part of the state code

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