Legionnaires outbreak in Australia leads to breakthrough

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A South Australian microbiologist has made a discovery about bacteria he says could help to prevent the spread of the potentially deadly legionnaires disease. Flinders University researcher Dr Michael Taylor has found legionella bacteria can survive on its own without a host organism. The bacteria is known to thrive in warm and damp environments such Read more…


Legionnaires’ outbreak: Stoke MP urges public inquiry

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An MP has called for a public inquiry into a Legionnaires’ outbreak in Stoke-on-Trent after two patients being treated for the disease died. Stoke South MP Rob Flello said a more co-ordinated approach should have been taken by the agencies involved. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said decision-making had been appropriate. A hot tub at the Read more…


Inspection cutbacks could lead to deadly legionnaire’s outbreaks

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Inspections of sites identified as potential breeding grounds for legionnaires disease have almost halved over the last three years. The sharp decline has resulted in warnings that cutbacks are having a damaging effect on public health and comes as officials continue to investigate several outbreaks of the disease, including one last month in Stoke-on-Trent in which Read more…


HSE Legionella inspections fall

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A HUGE drop in inspections checking for the bacteria which cause Legionnaires’ disease has been revealed. An investigation launched in the wake of the Edinburgh outbreak of the illness has exposed reductions in the number of Legionella inspections carried out by the Health and Safety Executive. The probe by the publication Environmental Health News found Read more…


Cooling towers tested just once a decade for legionella

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SCOTLAND’S top virus expert has called for a public inquiry into the recent legionella 
outbreak which claimed the lives of three men. Professor Hugh Pennington has warned of more outbreaks after discovering many of the country’s cooling towers are being inspected as infrequently as once every ten years. “Legionnaires’ disease is one of the nastiest Read more…


Legionnaires’ victim Richard Griffin ‘never off sick’

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The family of a man who died after an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Staffordshire say he had not taken a day off work in 30 years. Richard Griffin, 64, of Stoke-on-Trent, died last month from multiple organ failure. Twenty cases were reported. His daughters said they want lessons to be learnt from the delivery driver’s Read more…


Second Legionnaires’ disease death in Stoke-on-Trent

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A second person has died following an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Stoke-on-Trent, health officials have said. A spokesperson for University Hospital of North Staffordshire said: “We can confirm that a man in his 70s has sadly died.” Two further patients remain in hospital and are in a stable or improving condition. The total number Read more…