A virulent strain of Legionella pneumophila was inoculated into an enclosed system supplied with unsterilized water from a domestic hot water supply. Growth of bacteria was monitored over 10 weeks. An increase in the number of organisms other than legionellas occurred but few amoebae were observed and none could be cultured. Viable counts of L. pneumophila in the circulation fluid decreased slightly. However, particles of debris which accumulated in the apparatus and which were stained by the indirect fluorescent antibody technique were found to be almost totally composed of L. pneumophila. On dismantling the apparatus Legionella was isolated in moderately high numbers from several different types of surfaces, particularly natural rubber and silicone.


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