Legionella link to Royal Caribbean ‘not definitive’

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An ex-captain’s death from Legionella cannot be definitively linked to a cruise ship, an inquest has heard. Tore Myhra, 57, died in a Miami hospital in November 2009, four days after becoming ill on board a Royal Caribbean cruise. An inquest in Norwich heard the ship tested negative for Legionella. Norfolk assistant deputy coroner David Read more…


Talks tabled for compost labels to include legionella warnings

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Legionella warnings suggested for compost packaging following University of Strathclyde study. The Growing Media Association will discuss standard legionella warnings on compost bags when the HTA-run body meets in November, HTA policy manager Gary Scroby has said. This follows a University of Strathclyde paper on the issue and an ongoing Health Protection Scotland (HPS) investigation Read more…


‘Further study needed’ on Legionella compost link

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Levels of Legionella contamination in UK-produced compost were found to be ‘higher than previously seen in Europe’ by a University of Strathclyde study, but organics recyclers have emphasised that no trace of the bacteria was discovered in PAS 100 compost. The study results follow four cases of Legionella longbeachae in Lothian, Scotland, which were linked Read more…


Concern over isolation at city hospital

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Staff at a Glasgow hospital have been told to improve how they isolate patients to enhance infection control measures. Concerns over legionella, disposing of needles and storage of linen were also a concern to inspectors who carried out an unannounced follow-up visit to the Western Infimary in August. The inspectors issued five requirements and three Read more…


Three cases of Legionnaires’ disease in North Ayrshire

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Health officials have said that three people in North Ayrshire are now being treated for Legionnaires’ disease. NHS Ayrshire and Arran confirmed two cases on 25 September and said on Tuesday it had been told of another. The health board said there did not appear to be any link between the most recent case and Read more…


Launceston Hospital to fully reopen in November

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A hospital which closed two months ago will fully reopen in November. About half of the 20 beds at Cornwall’s Launceston Hospital have been closed for nearly a year due to staff shortages. And in February Legionella bacteria was found in its water system there causing the whole hospital to shut for two months. Dan Read more…


Sixth victim in hospital with legionella gardening bug

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A sixth person has been struck down with a legionella bug linked to compost that left four Lothian gardeners in intensive care. The latest victim, who is from the Tayside region, is believed to remain in hospital. The four Lothian gardeners who became ill as a result of the Legionella longbeachae bug are no longer Read more…


Hospital death was ‘accidental’

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A jury said a pensioner’s death from Legionnaires’ disease at Basildon Hospital was accidental. The Chelmsford Coroner Court jury returned a narrative verdict in the case of Violet Shirmer, but said hospital staff had followed correct guidelines and so it was an accident. Mrs Shirmer, 80, of Beams Way, Billericay, contracted the bug during a stay in the Read more…


Garden centre warning over legionella compost link

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Garden centres across Scotland are updating safety advice to customers after a cluster of legionella cases linked to the use of compost. In the past week, it has emerged that five people – four in Lothian, one in Tayside – have fallen ill with legionella longbeachae, a form of Legionnaire’s disease linked to compost. NHS Lothian Read more…