Fifth case of Legionnaires’ disease emerges in Carmarthen

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A fifth case of Legionnaires’ disease has been found in Carmarthen. Public Health Wales and Carmarthenshire County Council are investigating the case, which was reported in a Carmarthen resident. The five cases all have links to Carmarthen and have all required hospital treatment as a result of their illness. The council’s environmental health department continue Read more…


Hospitals put on alert for mutant superbug

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The case is one of the first in Europe involving a new mutation of the bacterium, which has triggered a significant surge in infection in Australia. Known as ribotype 244, this emerging strain of C.diff is from the same family as the bug which sparked a deadly outbreak at the Vale of Leven Hospital in Read more…


Legionnaire’s survivor pushes for new rules

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Lying in a hospital bed, Kent Carson woke to find his left arm covered in bandages. His son at his bedside tried to tell him what happened, but Carson drifted back to sleep. Later Carson woke again in a haze and could not see his feet, but noticed they itched. In and out of consciousness Read more…


Why is Legionnaires’ disease Underdiagnosed?

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If you were to step onto the street and ask passers-by what they know about Legionnaires’ disease, you would be hard-pressed to find people with knowledge of the illness.  Surely, the majority would never have heard of it.  The truth is: Legionnaires’ disease, with its strange sounding name, is an underdiagnosed illness, thought to be Read more…


Hospital shuts in Legionnaires’ disease alert

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A hospital in east London has been closed to new patients after finding elevated levels of the potentially deadly legionella bacteria in its water system. St George’s Hospital, in Hornchurch, has shut its two wards housing 44 patients following the discovery of the bacteria during routine water testing, North East London NHS Foundation Trust said. Read more…


Town hit by fifth case of deadly Legionnaires’ bug

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A FIFTH case of potentially fatal Legionnaires’ disease has been reported in Carmarthen. The new case comes nearly a month after the outbreak was first reported — but the authorities still do not know where the source lies. The outbreak is being investigated by Public Health Wales and Carmarthenshire Council’s environmental health department, who are Read more…


BASILDON Hospital is to be prosecuted for allegedly failing to protect the public from the bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s disease.

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Legionnaire’s is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia and is caused by the legionella bacteria which can be found in contaminated water particles. The hospital is being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) under the Health and Safety at Work Act. The charge relates to the hospital allegedly failing to ensure the safety Read more…


Fourth Legionnaires’ case emerges in town.

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A FOURTH case of Legionnaires’ disease has been found in Carmarthen. Investigations into the outbreak started last week after three cases were discovered in the town. The new case is also being investigated by Public Health Wales and Carmarthenshire Council’s Environmental Health department. The cases all have links to Carmarthen and have all required hospital Read more…


Victim calls for investigation into legionnaires’ outbreak in wake of new safety notices

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FRESH calls were made today for a public inquiry into Edinburgh’s legionella outbreak amid claims it is being “swept under the carpet”. Lawyers acting for legionnaires’ disease victims, renewed their call after Health & Saftey Executive issued a new safety notice to spa centres, care homes and manufactuers over theit use of hot and cold Read more…


Victim calls for investigation into legionnaires’ outbreak in wake of new safety notices

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FRESH calls were made today for a public inquiry into Edinburgh’s legionella outbreak amid claims it is being “swept under the carpet”. Lawyers acting for legionnaires’ disease victims renewed their call after the Health and Safety Executive issued a new safety notice to spa centres, care homes and manufacturers over their use of hot and Read more…