“He was failed at every turn,” mother says after son dies of legionnaires’ disease

Bereaved mother says Montreal’s public health department should have investigated the source of contamination and warned other tenants in the 40-unit building that they might have been exposed. A Montreal mother is seeking answers after her 35-year-old son died on Dec. 13 of legionnaires’ disease, possibly caused by a broken hot-water heater in his Côte St-Luc apartment building. Yet Montreal’s …

How You Can Combat Legionnaires Disease With Quality Pipework

Poorly commissioned plumbing and heating systems can become breeding grounds for legionella bacteria. Jerry Whiteley, Technical Manager at the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), explains. The legionella bacteria is the cause Legionnaires’ disease, a pneumonia-type illness that is potentially life threatening. It is a water-borne bacteria that flourishes in warm water (typically between 20-45°C) and, as such, …

Ten million American households and 400,000 schools and child care centres lack safe drinking water.

In 2014, Flint, Mich. became a national headline. After the city began supplying residents with water from the Flint River, families and businesses began to notice that the water from their taps looked, smelled, and tasted contaminated, but the city claimed it was safe. A study conducted the following year by researchers at Virginia Tech revealed the problem: Citywide lead levels had …

New boil water notice for Drumconrath

Irish Water has issued a Boil Water Notice for customers supplied by the Drumconrath Public Water Supply . The notice comes just weeks after a similar notice, which lasted up to six weeks was lifted. Irish Water and Meath County Council aid the notice was due to “elevated turbidity levels”. “The reservoir is now empty and water is to be restored under the protection of a Boil Water Notice as …

Terminally ill cancer patient contracted Legionnaires’ disease from hospital water supply

A terminally ill patient who died at a Perth hospital had contracted Legionnaires’ disease after deadly bacteria was found in the facility’s water supply. Officials have confirmed a post-mortem of the patient at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital returned a positive result for Legionella pneumophila. The North Metropolitan Health Service said the person had been receiving palliative care and it could …

Sassoli plays down chances he caught Legionnaire’s in Parliament

EU Parliament chief David Sassoli played down the probability that he could have caught Legionnaire’s disease from water droplets or ventilation in the Parliament, despite a recent history of outbreaks in the institution. President Sassoli revealed on Tuesday that the reason he was hospitalised with pneumonia two months ago was that he had contracted Legionnaire’s disease, a sometimes fatal illness carried in airborne …

11 lawsuits against Organigram over legionnaires’ disease outbreak end

Almost a dozen lawsuits against cannabis firm Organigram over a 2019 legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Moncton have quietly ended. Court records show 11 separate cases filed in August were discontinued with consent orders signed by both a lawyer for the plaintiffs and the company last month. The records do not say whether there were settlements, which can include a non-disclosure agreement, or provide …

Dutch consider ‘hybrid’ approach to Legionella monitoring

A new recommendation to the Dutch government suggests a hybrid risk approach on Legionella bacteria monitoring in implementing the new EU’s tap water rules at member state levels. Detecting bacterial cultures of Legionella was one of the prominent bones of contention during interinstitutional negotiations on the revision of the Drinking Water Directive (DWD), which updated parameters of water quality set more than 20 years …

Legionella bacteria found at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital after patient post-mortem

A detection of Legionella bacteria at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth has led to 16 rooms being treated for the bacteria and two patients receiving precautionary antibiotics. A deceased patient, who had been receiving palliative care, was found to be infected with Legionella pneumophila during a post-mortem examination. In a statement, a spokeswoman for the North Metropolitan Health Service said it could …