Study identifies primary source of community-acquired legionnaires’ disease risk

Despite being one of the most prevalent types of Legionnaires’ disease, tracking the source of cases of community-acquired Legionnaires’ disease (CALD) is notoriously difficult. An in-depth study in Berlin over three years found that the presence of a virulent type of Legionella pneumophila in household water was a significantly greater predictor for CALD than the overall concentration of all Legionella …

Legionnaires disease found at Police Scotland college at Tulliallan

The bacteria was found within five shower heads in the Dunvegan accommodation complex – which houses female officers – during routine testing at Tulliallan in Kincardine, Fife, on Wednesday, November 16th. New recruits at Police Scotland’s training college have been given a safety warning after traces of Legionnaires’ disease were discovered in a shower block. The bacteria was found within five shower …

5 deaths at NYC nursing home blamed on Legionnaires’ disease

NEW YORK — Five people died of Legionnaires’ disease over the summer at a New York City nursing home that had been cited repeatedly for improper maintenance of the cooling towers where the Legionella bacteria can spread, The New York Times reported. The outbreak at Amsterdam Nursing Home, a 409-bed facility in upper Manhattan, was the city’s worst since 2015 …

Green fingered kiwis urged to guard against Legionnaires’ disease this Labour weekend

Te Whatu Ora is urging green fingered kiwis to guard against Legionnaires’ disease during the spring and summer gardening season. Legionnaires’ disease or Legionellosis is an uncommon but dangerous ‘gardener’s’ pneumonia. There are various types, but one of the main strains is often caused by bacteria found in compost and potting mixes. Medical Officer of Health Dr David Sinclair from …

Health Unit Concludes Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak in Orillia Over

The SMDHU investigation announced on Oct. 7 into a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Orillia is now concluded and the outbreak is declared over. Following the health unit’s extensive investigation of 27 known cooling towers at 17 sites in Orillia, 10 of these sites were tested. It was determined that a strain of Legionella found in the Orillia Rotary Place cooling …

Bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease found in Central Jersey water

Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s disease, has been found in water supplies from homes throughout Central Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Health announced Saturday. The bacteria was found in more than half of the 30 homes sampled in September, including homes in Trenton, Ewing, and parts of Lawrence and Hopewell Township. All the homes were served by Trenton Water Works. …

Epidemiological analysis of Legionnaires’ disease in Scotland: a genomic study

A new paper has been published by the Lancet Microbe analysing the spread and journey of Legionnaires Disease in Scotland. The paper begins as follows: Legionella is a genus of globally ubiquitous, intracellular, freshwater bacteria that naturally coexists with protozoa. More than 30 Legionella species can invade immune cells and cause opportunistic human respiratory infections. However, over 90% of infections are caused …

‘I’m afraid water at dad’s sheltered housing has legionella bacteria’

A man has shared his fears after a resident was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. David Stephen’s dad, 75, has lived in Lochbrae Court in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, for 17 years. He raised concerns after the complex’s management, Cairn Housing Association, revealed that a resident had been diagnosed with Legionnaire’s disease in June. “They have been testing the water and the …

Farm Bureau Must Defend Insured in Deadly Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak in Carolina

What started out as festive time at the North Carolina Mountain State Fair in 2019 ended with 96 people hospitalized with Legionnaires’ disease. Four of them died. The tragedy in Fletcher, North Carolina, made national headlines. Multiple victims filed suit after state health authorities found that the Legionella bacteria probably came from a spa company’s working hot tub display, according …