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Legionella can thrive in windshield wiper fluid

May 21, 2014
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NEW SOUTH WALES, Australia — New research shows that Legionella, a potentially fatal pathogen, can thrive in windshield washer fluid, according to ABC.net.au.

A study at the University of Arizona in the U.S. found that in a survey of 12 school buses, “every single bus we looked at, on at least one sampling period, had live, culturable Legionella,” according to Otto Schwake, a University of Arizona doctoral student.

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There is no conclusive research on if this is posing a significant risk to safety yet, noted Schwake.

In Australia, the report notes, Legionella is more reported than in other countries.The University of Arizona is working with Australian researchers to better understand the Legionella found in American school buses.

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