Warning did not mention baby death

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A HEALTH service circular dispatched on December 22 to warn staff of the Pseudomonas risk associated with hospital water supplies did not mention the death of a 10-day-old baby in Londonderry from the infection eight days prior as this could have implied the problem was localised to Altnagelvin or to neonatal units only. Health Minister Read more…


New Standards Expose Building Owners to Legal Liability for Legionnaires’ Disease

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It is expected that the American Society of Refrigeration, Heating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) will pass a new standard (ASHRAE 188) this year for conducting Legionella risk assessments in: 1)       multiple housing units with one or more centralized water heaters2)       any public or private building that has 10 or more stories3)       any hospital or Read more…


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…