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World's first on-site Legionella DNA test

The fastest, most accurate tool to prevent Legionnaires' outbreaks.

Legionella and Legionnaires' disease

Legionella bacteria poses a significant risk to the water systems of buildings. People who breathe in water vapor contaminated with Legionella are at risk of Legionnaires' disease, a pneumonia that kills 1 in 10 infected people.

Despite increased Legionella testing, CDC reports show a 550% increase in Legionnaires' cases since 2000. Experts estimate there are hundreds of thousands of Legionnaires' cases each year, making Legionnaires' a more common and deadlier risk to building occupants than asbestos.

The problem is Legionella detection has been limited to slow and inaccurate testing methods that rely on off-site labs. To solve this problem, Spartan applied our medical-grade DNA technology to create an environmental testing platform for detecting multiple waterborne pathogens, the first of which is an on-site Legionella DNA test.

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Rise of Legionnaires' Disease

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On-site Legionella DNA testing reduces risk

Highly accurate results in 45 minutes to help you eradicate Legionella bacteria

Fast detection

Legionella can grow to outbreak levels in 7 days, but the traditional Legionella culture testing method takes 14 days to provide a result. Spartan's test quantifies the amount of live Legionella in a water source in just 45 minutes so you can detect contamination in real time.

10× more accurate results

Culture testing underestimates Legionella by an average of 17-fold and has a false negative rate of 62% because bacteria die in shipping. Spartan's test solves this problem by enabling on-site testing with a Nobel Prize-winning chemistry called qPCR. Spartan's test is calibrated so 1 GU/mL = 1 CFU/mL and uses proprietary technology to detect live and not dead Legionella.

Instant remediation

Fast and accurate results mean your team can immediately treat Legionella contamination before it grows to outbreak levels. Spartan's on-site test provides rapid results. This prevents outbreaks and helps you avoid lawsuits and negative publicity.

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Spartan's Legionella test is being used by:

Data Centers

Data center water systems are particularly susceptible to Legionella growth and need to be tested regularly to prevent the risk of downtime.

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Water Treatment

Water treatment companies must ensure they have an accurate Legionella testing method to quickly validate that their treatment is working.

Real Estate

Many commercial, industrial, and residential building operators are legally required to test for Legionella to protect the health of their occupants.

Our organization is always looking for innovative, proven solutions that allow for real-time detection of waterborne pathogen threats and Spartan's environmental testing platform is unmatched in the world. With Spartan's on-site test, LiquiTech can provide clients with a complete and integrated Legionella solution, from rapid on-site detection to immediate treatment and validation.

Steve Schira
Steve Schira
President and CEO of LiquiTech

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Evidence

Accuracy and precision of Legionella isolation by US laboratories in the ELITE program pilot study

  • The CDC conducted a proficiency study of 20 ELITE-certified Legionella culture testing labs.
  • On average, the culture labs undercounted actual Legionella concentrations by 17-fold and values differed between labs by 6-fold.
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On-site Legionella DNA testing

  • Legionnaires' disease is a common and potentially fatal pneumonia caused by inhaling water vapour contaminated by Legionella bacteria
  • Cooling towers in buildings are frequently contaminated with Legionella
  • Traditional Legionella testing methods are slow and inaccurate, and have proven ineffective at detecting Legionella contamination
  • Spartan Bioscience has developed the first and only on-site Legionella test that is fast and accurate for detecting Legionella contamination before it grows out of control. The test is the 2018 winner of the HVAC industry's top innovation award for Indoor Air Quality.
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On-site Legionella qPCR test quickly validates Legionella remediation

  • Spartan's on-site Legionella qPCR test enabled fast and highly-accurate validation of Legionella remediation
  • The client was able to save tremendous cost, gain peace of mind, and return to full building operations in 24 hours when typical results take 14 days.
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