Pontins fined £1,000 over ‘shocking’ holiday death

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A former holiday company has received a nominal £1,000 fine after the death of a woman who contracted Legionnaires’ Disease at one of its holiday parks. Karen Taylor, 53, from Birmingham, had stayed at the Pontins Holiday Centre in Lytham St Annes in July 2009. Judge Anthony Russell QC told Preston Crown Court it was “a Read more…


Health minister Edwin Poots to give Stormont pseudomonas update

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Health Minister Edwin Poots is to update the Stormont health committee on Wednesday on how the review of the pseudomonas outbreak is progressing. A review panel from the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority is investigating the deaths of four babies who had contracted the infection. Mr Poots received the interim report from the independent team Read more…


Volunteers needed for cystic fibrosis study

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Around 280 volunteers are needed for a £1.5 million study to investigate the treatment of an infection that causes complications for cystic fibrosis patients. Scientists from Nottingham are leading the study into whether intravenous antibiotics are the most effective way of killing a germ called pseudomonas aeruginosa. It causes a chronic destructive lung infection in Read more…


Breathe in the freshness

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Legionnaires’ disease though not very common, highlights the importance of maintaining your air conditioners to prevent infections How we love those lazy summer afternoons. With the scorching heat, we all are tempted to reach out to an air conditioner or air cooler to provide relief. But just installing these appliances is not enough. It is Read more…


Chinese Education minister back in hospital again,

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Chinese Education minister Michael Suen Ming- Yeung was last night in stable condition after fracturing his right arm when he slipped at home. Suen is being treated at Queen Mary Hospital and will be on leave until Wednesday, a government spokesman said. In December, Suen was admitted to hospital after contracting what was believed to Read more…


Legionella & Your Responsibilities…

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Under Approved Code of Practice L8  and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations, All owners or operators of all commercial premises being: Social Housing, Offices, Public Toilets, Swimming Pools, Kitchens, Retirement Homes, Nurserys, Schools, College, Health Care, MOD Sites, Prisons, Hostels & Hotels Etc… Have a statutory duty to control the risk of Read more…


How Good Plumbing Infrastructure Saves Lives

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Back in 1671, flushing toilets were not common in the city of Berlin and the toilet systems of most of the poorer classes simply involved a glass urinal or metal chamber that was emptied through doors or windows right out onto the street. The resulting piles of human waste on the streets grew so high that Read more…


Experts voice fresh fears over legionella mutation

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Experts have been expressing concern this week over worrying developments in Legionnaires’ disease.In addition to issues such as poor diagnosis by doctors and lack of effective procedures to prevent the disease, it is now claimed the legionella bacteria is mutating.The claims follow discovery of the existence of the bacteria at temperatures of greater than 50 Read more…