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…


Legionella gardeners out of intensive care

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All of the Lothian gardeners who have been struck down by a rare form of legionella found in compost are out of intensive care. The legionella longbeachae bug, which is rarely seen in the UK, left four people from Lothian and another from Tayside seriously ill in hospital. When the outbreak was announced last week, Read more…


Lothian legionella: Investigators ‘trace source’

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Investigators probing a legionella outbreak linked to compost believe they have traced a source – as it emerged a fifth person has been infected with the bug. A sample taken from a bag of compost used by one of the victims has provisionally tested positive for the potentially ­lethal legionella longbeachae. Now a fifth case Read more…


Legionella-compost link warning from health experts

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A team of health experts have recommended warning labels be put on bags of compost because of the risk of Legionnaires’ disease. A further case of legionella longbeachae connected to compost has been identified as part of an outbreak that began in August. It brings the total number of people affected to five. The latest Read more…


Fifth person is diagnosed with rare strain of Legionella

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A FIFTH person has contracted the rare and deadly Legionella bacteria strain linked to garden compost, prompting a national investigation by health experts. Health Protection Scotland (HPS) has taken over the probe after the fifth victim was identified in the Tayside region, possibly up to 50 miles away from the first four cases reported in Read more…


Legionella bug: Cardiff’s Eastern High School set to reopen

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A new “super school” is expected to reopen a week after the bug responsible for Legionnaires’ disease was found at the site. Eastern High School in Cardiff shut last Wednesday when routine tests found traces of legionella. The new school, which combines 1,500 pupils from Rumney and Llanrumney schools, is to reopen on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Read more…


Legionella found in Cramond Primary School water

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Parents at a city primary have been warned to watch out for legionella symptoms after the bacteria was found in the school’s water supply. Parents of children at Cramond Primary School were e-mailed on Friday morning to warn them to be on the look out for legionella 
symptoms. Improvements were ordered to the water works at the Read more…


Cardiff’s Eastern High School stays closed

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A new “super-school” will remain closed to pupils on Monday, after the bug responsible for Legionnaires’ disease was found at the site. Eastern High School in Cardiff was shut on Wednesday after routine tests found traces of the legionella bug. The school, bringing together 1,500 pupils from Rumney and Llanrumney high schools, only opened its Read more…