How hot tubs can harbour Legionnaires’ bacteria

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Hot tubs are known to be effective mechanisms for spreading legionella infection, an official at the Health Protection Agency said this week. That statement followed the death of one person from Legionnaires’ disease and 18 further cases in Stoke-on-Trent since 24 July. A hot tub displayed in a store in the town is thought to Read more…


HMS Triumph checked after Legionnaires’ disease case

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Checks have been carried out on a Devon-based submarine after a civilian contractor who was on board was later diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. Trafalgar-class HMS Triumph arrived back in Devonport in Plymouth, on Sunday after an 11-month deployment. The Royal Navy said the contractor left before the vessel returned to base and it did not Read more…


Legionnaires’ disease: Family hid details from woman

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The daughter of a woman from Stoke-on-Trent who had Legionnaires’ disease has told how she kept the seriousness of her condition from her. Dawn Roberts, 34, said she knew her mother June Clews was at “great risk” because she had existing lung problems. She said: “I didn’t tell her how serious it was because I didn’t Read more…


Stoke-on-Trent Legionnaires’ death inquest opens

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The daughter of a woman from Stoke-on-Trent who had Legionnaires’ disease has told how she kept the seriousness of her condition from her. An inquest into the death of a man from Legionnaires’ disease in Stoke-on-Trent has been opened and adjourned. Richard Griffin, 64, died in the critical care unit of the University Hospital of Read more…


Stoke-on-Trent Legionnaires’ disease cases rise to 19

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Another person has been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease in Staffordshire, bringing the total to 19 cases, health officials have said. One patient has died and eight people are being treated in hospital. On Monday the Health Protection Agency (HPA) said a hot tub was believed to be the “probable” source of the outbreak. Investigations have Read more…


Stoke-on-Trent Legionnaires’ source ‘could be hot tub’

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A hot tub is the “probable” source of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Staffordshire, health officials have said. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said investigations were taking place at JTF Warehouse in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, and the company was co-operating. A statement from the firm said: “JTF is extremely concerned and the product has been Read more…


UK firms told to address cooling tower safety

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The Health & Safety Exectutive (HSE) has told businesses with evaporative cooling towers to do more to protect workers and members of the public from exposure to legionella. A safety notice issued by the HSE (found here) comes after a review of outbreaks in the UK over the past ten years said to show “common Read more…


What do we need to do to prevent the spread of Legionnaires’ disease

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(THE STORY BELOW HAS SINCE BEEN UPDATED SINCE THIS REPORT TO INCLUDE 3 FATALITIES AND THE CASE HAS BEEN DECLARED ‘OVER’ BY NHS LOTHIAN HERE) Tragically two men died in June after a Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak in Edinburgh. There are 48 confirmed cases with a further 47 suspected and many people have been hospitalised. Preliminary assessments have Read more…


Three Stoke-on-Trent Legionnaires’ patients discharged

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Three patients have been discharged and no new cases of Legionnaires’ disease have presented themselves within the last 24 hours, health officials said. One patient has died and 15 more people have contracted the disease in an outbreak in Stoke-on-Trent. A Health Protection Agency spokesman said eight people remain in hospital, all in a stable Read more…


Stoke-on-Trent Legionnaires’ disease patient dies

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One person has died after an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Staffordshire, officials have said. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) also confirmed another case of the disease in Stoke-on-Trent, bringing the total number to 16. A spokesman for the University Hospital of North Staffordshire (UHNS), where most of the patients are being treated, said most Read more…