Council hits back over Fleur de Lys school legionella reports

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CAERPHILLY County Borough Council today responded to reports of Legionella bacteria found at Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni in Fleur de Lys. A spokesperson said they wanted to confirm that the bacteria found at the school cannot cause Legionnaires disease. They added: “There are numerous species of Legionella and the species L.pneumophila sero group 1 causes Read more…


Legionnaire’s bacteria found at Blackwood school

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A bacteria that can cause Legionnaire’s Disease was found in the water supply at a Blackwood school, but the local council says it is unlikely to be a risk to staff and pupils. Caerphilly council confirmed the legionella bacteria was discovered in a specific area of the water storage facilities at Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni in Read more…


FDA clears Meridian Bioscience’s TRU Legionella test

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Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIVO) today announced that it has received FDA clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for TRU Legionella™, a new rapid assay for detection of legionellosis. TRU Legionella is a rapid lateral flow device that provides optimized detection of Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1 that is most commonly associated with Legionnaire’s Read more…


‘Legionella concerns’ remain at Basildon hospital

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The prevention and control of legionella at an Essex hospital remains a “significant concern”, according to a health care watchdog. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said Basildon University Hospital had taken several measures to combat the disease, but further improvements were needed. It said three people had acquired the disease while at the hospital in Read more…


New water source found for Wiltshire pumping station

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A Wiltshire tourist attraction, reliant on weekly deliveries of fresh water after its supply failed, has spent £20,000 on a new water source. For seven months Crofton Pumping station, near Marlborough, has had to buy in water after tests revealed its water source was “heavily polluted”. The source, a deep level borehole, had provided water Read more…


Newtownabbey’s Valley Leisure Centre water test results faked

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A Newtownabbey Leisure Centre has said a company hired to test for a bacteria which causes legionnaires’ disease has admitted producing fake test results. The Valley Leisure Centre was given the fabricated results over a six-month period last year. Legionnaires’ disease can be caused by breathing in water droplets contaminated with Legionella bacteria. The centre employed a well-known Read more…


UK dental rules control ‘risks from legionella’

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Thorough guidance on decontamination in primary dental care should control any risks from legionella. That’s according to the Department of Health today in light of a case of an elderly woman who died from Legionnaire’s disease after she contracted the infection from a dental practice in Italy. The DH issued a statement, after the case Read more…


More Legionella treatment for Guernsey hospital water

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Further treatment has started at a Guernsey hospital after tests showed a higher level of Legionella than authorities were “prepared to accept”. Following work in January the majority of the hospital’s water supply has tested within acceptable levels. But Richard Evans, director of corporate services, said higher bacteria levels in water at the new clinical block Read more…