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…


Residents urged to sign up for legionnaires’ surveys

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ALMOST 1500 people have been asked to take part in two studies aimed at unravelling the mysteries of the Capital’s legionella outbreak. With the crisis declared officially over, authorities are turning their attention to learning more about the legionnaires’ outbreak, which claimed three lives after the first cases emerged in late May, and left dozens Read more…


Legionnaires’ disease in Stoke-on-Trent: Four more cases

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Four more Legionnaires’ disease cases have been confirmed in Stoke-on-Trent, taking the total to 15. The Health Protection Agency said a man in a critical condition had been sent to Glenfield Hospital in Leicester. Another person in a critical condition was being treated at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire along with 13 other patients. Read more…


Two more Legionnaires’ disease cases in Stoke-on-Trent

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Two more Legionnaires’ disease cases have been confirmed in Stoke-on-Trent. It brings the total number of people being treated at University Hospital of North Staffordshire to nine, all aged between their late 40s and mid 70s. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is looking into two cases that were identified earlier in the summer as it is Read more…


Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Stoke-on-Trent

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Seven people are being treated for Legionnaires’ disease in an outbreak in Stoke-on-Trent. Those affected are six men and a woman, aged between their late 40s and 75, health officials said. Two men in their 70s are described as “stable” and the other patients are said to be “improving”. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said all Read more…


Deadly bug survivors in inquiry call

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RESIDENTS who survived the recent outbreak of legionnaires’ disease have launched a legal campaign to demand a full public inquiry. The group has teamed up with legal firm Thompsons Solicitors, a practice which specialises in personal injury cases, to call for the 
investigation.The recent legionella outbreak, which killed three and left dozens more seriously ill, Read more…


Legionnaires’ bug at hospitals

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BACTERIA which causes the potentially deadly legionnaires disease has been detected at two of Jersey’s hospitals. The legionella bacteria was found in the Gwyneth Huelin out-patients wing of the General Hospital and the Queen’s House section of St Saviour’s Hospital during routine monitoring of water supplies. According to the Health department, a ‘low virulence’ strain Read more…