Rapid, quantitative detection of Legionella using electro-immuno-detection
The project aims to develop a rapid, robust and portable device for detection and quantification of the pathogenic bacterium, Legionella pneumophila (Lp). This can be a particular problem to hospitals; where the Lp source is often the water supply infrastructure, and outbreaks cause disease with high mortality (up to 50%) and high costs. The device will use an innovative detection approach, where the Lp cells are captured by specific antibodies fixed to a specialised electrode, resulting in an electrical signal. Outcomes of the project will improve tracking of the waterborne source of the organism and aid the management and costs of dealing with the problem, particularly benefitting hospitals where regular monitoring of Lp is now required.