(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…


Pseudomonas response criticised by Stormont health committee chairman

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The Department of Health’s response to the pseudomonas outbreak has been criticised by the vice-chairman of Stormont’s health committee. Jim Wells said it was unfortunate a memo sent by the chief medical officer three days before Christmas failed to mention that a child had died. The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) is investigating the Read more…


Pseudomonas – Looking away is just not an option

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There is nothing more harrowing than losing a child. But that agony is compounded further when the death happens in hospital. So it is hardly surprising the pseudomonas outbreaks in the neonatal units at Altnagelvin Hospital and the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children – which claimed the lives of four tiny babies – made Read more…


(New Zealand) Legionnaires’ cases rise despite shock treatment

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The number of people affected in a major outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Auckland has risen to 12, despite the council urging thousands to shock-dose their air conditioning systems and water cooling towers. Since the outbreak nine weeks ago, one person has died and over the weekend the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) was Read more…


Improvements ordered at hospital after legionella scare

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A Health board has been ordered to improve its policy on protecting patients against legionaires’ disease after a scare at a north-east hospital. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) were called after a patient at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary was thought to have contracted the potentially fatal form of pneumonia in January. The case was discovered Read more…


(USA) FDA: ultrasound gel contaminated with Pseudomonas and Klebsiella

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting health care professionals and facilities to NOT use certain lots of Other-Sonic Generic Ultrasound Transmission Gel as it was discovered to be contaminated with two bacterial pathogens. The non-sterile gel, used in ultrasound procedures, is manufactured by Newark, NJ company, Pharmaceutical Innovations According to a FDA Read more…


(Hong Kong) CHP investigates case of Legionnaires’ Disease

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The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (April 17) investigating a case of Legionnaires’ Disease involving a 58-year-old man. The patient, with good past health, presented with coughing and shortness of breath since April 8. He sought medical consultation at St Teresa’s Hospital on April 15 and was admitted Read more…


Bereaved family questions trust over pseudomonas outbreak

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The parents of the first baby to die in the pseudomonas outbreak have told the BBC they believe he may have survived if the Western Health Trust had strictly followed hygiene guidelines on managing the infection. Gavin Burke and his partner Caoimhe’s baby, Caolan, who was premature and seriously ill, died in December 2011. He was Read more…