Probe as another patient contracts Legionnaire’s bug

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Health chiefs are investigating how a Basildon Hospital patient contracted Legionnaire’s disease. The patient has recovered from the potentially fatal form of pneumonia and a probe into how they picked up the bug is under way. Four people have died while suffering from Legionnaire’s at Basildon Hospital since 2002, and hospital bosses have been rapped Read more…


Pseudomonas found in another NI hospital

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The bug responsible for the deaths of four babies in Northern Ireland, pseudomonas, has been found in another of its hospitals. Separate outbreaks of the pseudomonas bacteria claimed the life of one infant in Alternagelvin in co Derry last month, plus three babies in the neonatal at Belfats’s Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital in recent weekas. Read more…


Lanarkshire Health Board £24,000 fine for Legionnaires’ case

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A health board has been fined £24,000 after an “entirely avoidable” chain of events resulted in a hospital patient being diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, the Crown Office has said. Lanarkshire Health Board admitted breaching health and safety legislation which meant a 64-year-old woman contracted the disease at Hartwoodhill hospital in November 2008. The health board Read more…


Bereaved family wants Pseudomonas inquiry

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The parents of a baby who died in hospital from the Pseudomonas bacterium have called for a public inquiry into the outbreak. Caoimhe Campbell and Gavin Burke’s son Caolan was 10 days old when he died in Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry. It happened in December, weeks before three babies died from a different strain of the Read more…


Neo-natal units to screen for pseudomonas bug

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Neo-natal units that have received babies from the Royal Maternity and Altnagelvin neo-natal units since 14 November 2011 have been advised to screen infants who are still in their care for Pseudomonas. The Public Health Agency (PHA) said it is possible that more babies could be found to have the infection. Three babies have died in Read more…


Second death linked to South Wales Legionnaires’ outbreak

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The death of a second person has been linked to an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in Wales. Health officials yesturday confirmed the death of a man, 70, on Wednesday following that of a woman, 64, on Monday.There are now 14 cases linked to the outbreak, with a further three possible cases under investigation. Factories along Read more…


Guernsey hotels urged to check for legionella bacteria

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Guernsey’s director of public health has urged hotels and businesses to check their water systems for legionella bacteria. On Saturday and Sunday, chlorinated water was flushed through water pipes in the Princess Elizabeth Hospital, in a second and final stage of cleansing. This followed the detection, earlier this month, of higher than acceptable levels of Read more…


Treatments for Legionnaires’ disease

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The risk of catching Legionnaires’ can be reduced with appropriate maintenance and cleaning of possible sources, such as… air conditioning systems Prompt treatment with antibiotics is effective but specific types of antibiotic must be used as the bacteria can hide inside the cells of the respiratory tract, and the antibiotics must be able to penetrate Read more…


Three babies dead after infection at Belfast hospital

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A third baby has died in a Belfast neo-natal unit. Details of the death were released on Friday. On Thursday, it was revealed that two babies had died at the Royal Maternity Hospital after an outbreak of an infection called pseudomonas. The Belfast Trust said the deaths, in the neonatal unit, may be linked to the outbreak. Admission Read more…


Legionella bug found in showers

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Legionella bacteria has been discovered at public showers run by Filton Town Council – and the cost of fixing the problem could be £14,000. Staff working at Filton Leisure Centre raised concerns about whether the bacteria could pose a risk to staff and customers at a recent town council staffing meeting. Councillors have stressed that Read more…