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…


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…