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…


Fourth person died in Edinburgh Legionnaires’ outbreak

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BBC Scotland can reveal that a fourth person died in the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Edinburgh last summer. The death of a 64-year-old woman has now been included alongside three other victims. The Crown Office has asked the police and the Health and Safety Executive to investigate the deaths. The woman died on 15 Read more…


Legionnaires disease checks under way on cooling towers and air conditioning systems

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THE Health and Safety Executive(HSE) has joined forces with Mendip District Council to carry out Legionella inspections over the coming months. These tests are part of a wider HSE-led initiative covering all of the UK following research in 2011 that showed cooling towers and evaporative condensers to be the most common source of significant outbreaks Read more…


Legionella may spark more cases

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Health bosses have warned they can’t rule out an increase in Legionnaires’ Disease cases in the Greater Glasgow area over the next two weeks. Three out of the five people who have caught the disease remain in hospital in Glasgow and are said to be responding well to treatment. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has Read more…


West Exe school to close early to clear legionella

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A Devon school is closing early for the summer holidays for work to fix legionella contamination in the water supply. Children at West Exe secondary have been drinking bottled water since legionella was identified in February. Devon County Council said the closure on 19 July rather than 23 July would give “as much time as Read more…


Cooling towers near scene of Legionnaires’ outbreak disinfected

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Health bosses have disinfected 14 cooling towers around a town at the centre of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. Two of the five confirmed cases are in Renfrew, while the other three involve people who either visited or worked there during the two-week incubation of the disease. The outbreak control team said on Wednesday that Read more…


Legionella cases link to Renfrew

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HEALTH bosses have linked five cases of Legionnaire’s Disease to the Renfrew area. Two more cases of the infection have been confirmed by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The health board said all five cases had some connection to the town, but it was still working to identify the source of the infection. Water cooling Read more…