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U.S. Insurers Eye Legionnaires’ Disease Safeguards as Buildings Re-Open From Pandemic Shutdowns

Source:, June 18, 2020

Commercial insurers are scrutinizing building managers’ efforts to avoid outbreaks of Legionnaires’┬ádisease as they re-open movie theaters, gyms, schools and offices that had been closed for months due to the coronavirus pandemic, industry sources told Reuters.

Legionnaires’ disease is a severe, sometimes-lethal form of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria that builds up in pipes. Environmental insurers, which collect roughly $2 billion in annual premiums, would be on the hook for damages if there are outbreaks at buildings they cover. Read more.

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