Deadly Legionnaires’ Outbreak Hits Scotland

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Scottish health authorities are urgently trying to find the source of a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that has left one man dead and 15 other people critically ill in hospital. The health board of NHS Lothian said the patient who died at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh was in his 50s and had been suffering from underlying health problems. Another Read more…


Can you catch legionella when gardening?

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Although cases are rare, they have occurred. However measures can be taken to minimise risk. If you hear of someone catching legionnaires’ disease, it is usually after a trip abroad, when an unclean air conditioning unit has spread droplets of legionella pneumophila bacteria in the air. But some countries, such as Australia, are familiar with another strain,legionella Read more…


Two recent guests at Albany hotel fell ill from the Legionnaire’s Disease six were sickened last year

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Two new cases of Legionnaire’s disease have been linked to an Albany Hotel that closed for nearly two months earlier this year to remove the bacteria from its water system. Two guests from Washington County who stayed at the hotel on Western Avenue on May 16 and 17 were diagnosed with Legionnaire’s disease, according to Albany Read more…


Gardeners told ‘wash off compost’

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Gardeners are being warned to wash their hands after using compost following a series of Legionella cases in Scotland over the past five years. One man has died and five others have become ill after contracting a rare strain called ‘Legionella longbeachae’, which appears to come from compost. The unusual strain is well known in Australia Read more…


Barrow Legionnaires’ survivors tribute to life saving team

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Doreen Davies was in a coma for 10 days after falling ill during the Legionnaires’ outbreak. Mrs Davies, of Hope Street in Barrow, fell gravely ill and was admitted to Furness General Hospital on July 24, 2002. She was put into intensive care until the Legionella antigen was confirmed on August 2 and was put Read more…


Bug testing firm Albagaia wins new funding

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A Scottish firm which has developed the world’s fastest test to detect the deadly Legionnaires’ disease secures fresh funding. Albagaia will use some of the £500,000 of new funding for an export drive for its testing kits. The company’s test can detect the Legionella bacteria in 25 minutes compared with up to two weeks in Read more…


(Cyprus) Doctors plead guilty in infant death cases

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FOUR doctors implicated in the deaths of three newborn babies from Legionnaire’s disease at a Nicosia private clinic in 2008 yesterday pleaded guilty to not upkeeping maintenance regulations, leading to the water distributing system becoming infected with the deadly bacteria. The Hippocration Clinic’s director and three of the nursery and maternity ward’s doctors are facing Read more…


Pneumonia bacteria found on workman ship

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Offshore wind farm workers have stopped taking showers and drinking water over fears they are at risk of disease. Legionella bacteria has been found in water onboard the Regina Baltica which houses 100 men working on the Sherringham Shole wind farm. The bacteria, often found in water storage tanks, can lead to Legionnaire’s disease, a Read more…


‘Legionella’ outbreak at £1m park changing rooms in Northampton

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CHANGING rooms at the Racecourse in Northampton, which cost £1 million to build, have been closed for the third time in five years after another outbreak of the bacteria which causes Legionnaires’ disease. The changing rooms, which were jointly funded by the Northampton Borough Council and the Football Foundation, were officially opened by Labour Sports Read more…