Legionnaires’ disease – ways to prevent and treat the illness

This weeks blog is aimed more at the younger audience, specifically students or anyone living in flat accommodation. The article which comes from studentnewspaper.org goes into a bit of depth about what legionnaires disease is, how to prevent it, but also how to treat it in the early stages. Whilst at university, it is important to know about other illnesses …

Warning of ‘high risk’ to water supply at Glasgow hospital

The BBC has published a very interesting article about the warnings of high risk water that were placed in the Glasgow Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. Warnings about the risk of water contamination at Scotland’s largest hospital were issued just days after it opened, according to a leaked report. The 2015 inspection report into Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) was …

Potential killer in UK water systems is monitored via ‘internet of things’

A pair of young entrepreneurs have developed a revolutionary smart sensor that is purpose-built to wage war on the deadly legionella bug. Technology expert Florin Mangu and water hygiene engineer Joe Finn are launching the new Remote Tech ‘S1’ sensor via their research and development company, in response to the increase in the number of legionella outbreaks in the UK.   The device …

Legionnaires’ Disease Claim Life of Tyler Community Leader Ruben Gutierrez

Another death has occurred in America at one of the state county fairs this time within Texas. The article by Outbreak News Today posted on 11th November had this to say. In a follow-up on the report on the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak linked to the East Texas State Fair, the first person has died in the East Texas State Fair Legionnaires Outbreak.  Last Friday, …

West Coast gardener in intensive care with Legionnaires’ disease

A West Coast man is “fighting for his life” in intensive care after contracting Legionnaires’ disease from potting mix. Matt Ewen, 55, was flown to Christchurch Hospital on November 1 when he became critically ill a week after gardening at his home in Hokitika. His wife, Rachel Gibson, said she wanted to warn people about the dangers of potting mix. Legionnaires’ disease, also …

Record number of Legionnaires’ cases in 2018 risk lives, cause cleanup headaches

A new article by News Medical Life Sciences has emerged discussing how a record number of Legionnaires cases in 2018 in the US has caused issues for the past year with companies and compliance businesses alike. “Cases of Legionnaires’ disease reached a record high in 2018 — a more than eight-fold increase since the numbers began to climb nearly two …

Orillia cooling tower shut down amid Legionnaires’ disease outbreak

Orillia’s Rotary Place cooling tower has been closed as the local health unit investigates a cluster of Legionnaires’ disease cases. There have been nine reported cases of the illness, which is a type of pneumonia, according to Charles Gardner, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s medical officer of health. “It is caught from the environment – it isn’t spread person to person,” …

Why Should We Be So Cautious of Legionnaires Disease?

We’ve just discovered an interesting article posted in August this year on theconversation.com which discusses why people are still dying from legionnaires disease and why we should be so cautious of it. In the nearly 50 years since epidemiologists first discovered Legionnaires’ disease, we have learned how to test for it, treat it and prevent it. So why are people …