Dangerous biofilm bacteria evolve to be easy to treat

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Hyperswarming bugs are not as scary as they sound. Disease-causing bacteria in lab experiments have repeatedly evolved the ability to spread more rapidly than their wild counterparts – but the result could actually lead to new strategies for combating infections. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common disease-causing bacterium that typically infects people with weakened immune systems, for Read more…


New Legionnaires’ case brings total in Renfrew outbreak to 11

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Health chiefs have confirmed another case of Legionnaires’ disease in Renfrew, bringing the total to 11. The latest instance of the bacteria was announced following a meeting of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s outbreak control team. The patient in question is said to be stable and is receiving treatment in hospital. The previous ten cases Read more…


Legionnaires’ should be treated as an “absolute priority”

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Lawyers at Law Firm Irwin Mitchell have expressed concern over the continuing rise of Legionnaires’ disease victims in the Renfrew area despite legionella control measures having been carried out within cooling towers in surrounding areas. Elaine Russell, who is working on behalf of victims and families involved in an outbreak of the disease in Edinburgh Read more…


Edinburgh Legionnaire’s health and safety investigation cost £750,000

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‘Still questions to answer’ say those affected following interim report into last year’s outbreak Those affected by last year’s Legionnaire’s Disease outbreak say that more information needs to come from investigations, following an interim report yesterday. In the outbreak 92 cases were identified – 56 confirmed and 36 probable – and the 7.1% fatality rate Read more…


Father angry over Queen’s Medical Centre infection

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A man has criticised monitoring standards at a Nottingham hospital ward after a fungal infection was found in the ventilation system. Five-year-old Eddy Parry, from Derbyshire, was one of nine children that were moved following the discovery at the Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC). His father Jon said he was “shocked” and wants regular tests to Read more…