The Prevalence and Monitoring Technologies of Legionella Bacteria in Recreational Water

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Presenter: George Botos, Founder and CEO, Genemis Laboratories of America, Inc.



According to CDC, the prevalence of Legionella in the U.S. has more than quadrupled over the past 20 years, and it is often found in hotel showers, commercial pools, fountains, and cooling towers. Testing for Legionella Bacteria is difficult. New technologies make detection of Legionella possible, not only faster (minutes or hours as opposed to weeks), but can be performed pool-side. This session will review current technologies available for Legionella detection and current and best practices in sampling, testing, and monitoring of Legionella.


Learning Objectives

  • Examine why Legionella is a potential danger.
  • Discuss current guidelines and regulations for sampling, testing, and monitoring of Legionella.
  • Recognize the differences between the different testing options available and their role in Legionella monitoring.


Presenter Bio

George Botos

George Botos has over 20 years of product development and project management in infection control products, medical devices, and advanced water testing technologies. He is the Founder and CEO of Genemis Laboratories Inc, an innovator in rapid water testing technologies. In 2020, during the pandemic, George also joined a New York-based venture, Aptavid Inc, to assist in the development and commercialization of a COVID-19 rapid test kits. George has a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering, Master’s in Synthetic Chemistry, and Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).


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