Hot tub-associated necrotizing pneumonia due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Department of Medicine and Section of Infectious Diseases, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI 53792, USA.
Clinical Infectious Diseases (Impact Factor: 9.42). 03/2003; 36(3):e55-7. DOI: 10.1086/345851
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT We describe a case of severe necrotizing pneumonia due to community-acquired Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Cultures of fluid obtained from the filter of the patient's hot tub grew the same P. aeruginosa strain as that grown from culture of the patient's sputum. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines should be strictly followed for hot tub maintenance to prevent P. aeruginosa overgrowth: the range of free chlorine levels in the water should be kept at 1-3 mg/L, and the pH should be kept at 7.2-7.8.