Legionnaires' disease is a form of pneumonia caused by infection of Legionella bacteria, which grow in warm, stagnant water. Ms. McDougall and Mr. Laquerre allege that The Meadows allowed a decorative fountain, which stood near the community clubhouse, to "become overgrown with algae and bacteria-laden water." The retirees maintain that they were exposed to Legionella bacteria through proximity to the neglected fountain.
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The key to determining the present risk of Legionella infection is regular and routine water testing. Water samples from different areas of the domestic hot water system should be sent to a qualified laboratory for analysis. A Legionella mitigation strategy should be formed based on the results of regular water testing. Assuming that a significant Legionella Colony Forming Unit (CFU) exists within a domestic hot water system, steps must be taken to eradicate and disinfect the system.
- Assured Bio Labs, LLCPresident, present
- University of TennesseeAdjunct Senior Research Scientist
- Clean Air Labs, LLCTechnical Director
- MDDS IncChief Science Officer
- Microbial Insights, IncTechnical Director
- Texas Tech UniversityResearch Scientist
- USDAResearch Technician
Microbial issues that affect the built environment can be extremely complex and difficult to solve. Success requires a dedicated and experienced professional who has complete access to state-of-the-art technologies. Dr. Sobek is the Director and President of Assured Bio Labs, which is an AIHA accredited Environmental Microbiology laboratory. He is a PhD microbiologist with 20 years of laboratory and field experience. His vision to develop industry standards, using DNA based diagnostics, is driven by the need to replace antiquated technologies that only confuse and waste his clients’ time and money. In order to achieve those aims, he has become an avid entrepreneur and inventor. He invented the novel microbial detection technology called Molecular Entrapment, which he branded into the M-TRAP® air sampler and is the only CDC/NIOSH verified technology to capture airborne mold, bacteria and virus.
Dr. Sobek specializes in microbial detection and decontamination. His services extend to the legal, manufacturing, residential/commercial property, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, clean room, gnotobiotic, and agriculture industries. He and his team at Assured Bio have tackled everything from viral outbreaks in medical facilities, mold in multimillion dollar homes, to radioactive bacteria that corrode aluminum lined reactors. They have diagnosed mold and bacteria issues in hundreds of homes and commercial properties. Dr. Sobek’s ability to identify low level microbial contamination truly sets him apart from his competitors. He has examined years of historical mold data and the results indicate a major flaw with current detection technologies that completely miss or grossly underestimate the true concentrations of microbes in the built environment. Hence, his insight and mastery of microbe DNA analysis and microbial ecology is vital for a successful project outcome. That and his relentless pursuit of scientific solutions are the distinguishing factors sought by the companies that engage his services.
“I am a sleuth at heart, and am always eager for a good challenge; fortunately, the microbes rarely disappoint.” --E.A.Sobek, PhD.
- Iowa State UniversityM.S., 1993 - 1996
- Texas Tech UniversityPh.D., 1999 - 2002
- California University of PennsylvaniaB.S., 1990 - 1993