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Legionella Biofilm Test Kit (also referred to as the Legionella Swab Test Kit):

This test kit is sold under the Albagia, Hydrosense, Lovibond, Orbeco-Hellige, or Tintomere brand names.

The Hydrosense Legionella pneumophila Swab Test Kit is what we regard as the BEST BUY. This is a rapid test, yielding results within 25 minutes. Given that Legionella pneumophila grow in biofilm rather than water it is only natural that people would want to detect the bacterium in its natural habitat rather than waiting until it has reached detectable levels in water.  Whether to pinpoint an area of concern or confirm the cleanliness of a system the Legionella Biofilm Test is able to add to your overall understanding of the microbial control in your water system.

This is the Hydrosense Product Number 100144.

This is the Lovibond Product Number 56B006401. L56B006401

Some are calling these test kits Litmus Cell Dipslides. So, we thought we would use that.

This kit contains materials for the performance of 5 test iterations. COMPARE THIS TEST KIT TO A LABORATORY TEST COSTING $150 TO $200 EACH WITH A WAIT TIME OF 10 TO 14 DAYS FOR THE RESULT.

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The sensitivity of the Biofilm Test Kit is 200 CFU/Liter (0.2 CFU/ml) for Legionella pneumophila Serogroup 1.

  • Pinpoint the contamination in a system to allow targeted cleaning.
  • Demonstrate cleanliness of an area e.g. after cleaning cooling tower pack.
  • A clean water sample does not equate to a clean system: proliferation of Legionella is greater in a biofilm than in water.
  • Highly selective – can detect Legionella even in samples with very high background flora.
  • Simple to use and fast.
  • Results are easy to read and obtained within 25 minutes.
  • The test allows immediate understanding and response to contaminated systems.
  • Use can reduce risk of outbreaks and litigation.
  • Regular use will increase confidence in your Legionella control.

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Product details:

Bacteria detected Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1
Detection method Lateral flow immunochromatographic assay
Lower limit of detection Up to 200 CFU per area swabbed
Specificity Tested against a wide range of waterborne bacteria, including Acinetobacter calcoaceticus, Aeromonas hydrophila subsp. hydrophila, Bacillus subtilis, Burkholderia cepacia, Citrobacter freudii, Citrobacter koseri, Escherichia coli, Enterobacter cloacae, Klebsiella oxytoca, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Pseudomonas fluorescens, Pseudomonas putida, Pseudomonas stutzeri, Ralstonia pickettii, Raoultella terrigena, Streptococcus pyrogenes, Yersinia ruckeri. No cross reactions observed at concentrations <= 10^9 CFU/L. Staphylococcus aureus has been observed to cross react with the test at concentrations > 10^8 CFU/L. Legionella pneumophila serogroups 4 & 7 cross react with the test at concentrations >10^9 CFU/sample. The test does not react with any other L. pneumophila serogroups or L. species tested.
Test volume 100 μL Exact volume disposable pipette provided
Suggested sample volume 10 cm2
Biocides The product has been tested with a range of common biocides and biodispersants used in Legionella control, at their normal maximum operating concentration. Active ingredients tested include: glutaraldehyde, didecyl-dimethyl-ammonium chloride, isolthazoles, dibromonitrilopropionamide, ionic and non-ionic surfactants. The test gives a false positive if used with polymeric biguanide and THPS.
Operator time 1-2 minutes
Development time 25 minutes
Shelf life 18 months from manufacture when stored at room temperature (<30°C) in original packaging

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