Three Potential Sources of Infection of Legionnaire’s Disease Under Investigation

Three potential sources of infection for Legionnaire’s Disease are under investigation in the island of Gibraltar. This follows four cases of the disease, one of which has proved fatal. The Government says the three potential sources have been proposed following interviews with those infected, as well as their family and friends – to determine where they were and what they …

One Person Dies and Five Are Put On Ventilators After Catching Deadly Disease From Their Tap Water in California

A California resident died after drinking tap water that was contaminated with a deadly bacteria. They were one of more than a dozen people who contracted Legionnaires’ disease linked to a poorly-maintained water system in Napa County, about an hour northeast of San Francisco. The outbreak happened in July 2022 but was only revealed today in a report by the Centres for Disease …

Legionella Detected at Aljezur School Showers

The Algarve’s Regional Health Authority (ARS Algarve) is investigating the presence of the bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s disease at a school in the western Algarve borough of Aljezur. In a statement sent to national news agency Lusa, ARS says the bacteria “was detected around 16 days ago” at the Professora Piedade Matoso school – namely the showers of the changing rooms …

Latvia Sees Growing Trend of Legionella Outbreaks

Legionnaires’ disease has been spreading with a growing trend in recent years, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). By November, nearly 70 cases had been recorded this year. The disease is still considered rare, but there is a high risk of death if infected, Latvian Radio reports. In ten months of this year, the SPKC identified 69 …

Nine Infected with Legionnaire’s Disease in Viana do Castelo – Portugal

Nine people in the municipality of Caminha in Viana do Castelo have been infected with legionella, with the last two cases detected late on Tuesday and this morning, said a public health source. As revealed at a press conference this Tuesday, November 14, by Luís Delgado, an Alto Minho health official, the authorities are continuing to investigate the origin of …

Legionella bacteria discovered in water system at Milton Keynes school

A school in Milton Keynes has told parents that legionella bacteria was discovered in part of its water system. On the 30th October, parents of children attending Walton High were told that legionella bacteria was found at its Brooklands Campus. Legionella bacteria can cause a serious type of pneumonia known as Legionnaires’ disease. In less serious cases infected individuals can catch Pontiac …

The Importance of Shower Descaling

Although a simple and sometime mundane task shower descale, cleaning, and disinfection plays an extremely important role in your Legionella control scheme. The below photos were taken last week by one of our site managers prior to cleaning and disinfection. Because places like these are often missed when cleaning, it becomes a heaven for bacteria and limescale to form in …

Lancaster Prison Undergoes Disinfection After Legionnaires Case

Traces of the Legionella bacteria were found in the Pennsylvania prison back in August after tests went underway when an inmate fell ill with the disease just 2 days after being transferred from state prison. This prison itself has some dated buildings with parts dating back to 1850’s. However this is not an excuse for the negligence towards the inmates …

Ottawa Hospital Investigating 2 Cases of Legionellosis

The Ottawa Hospital has temporarily restricted access to tap water in two units of the General campus as it investigates two confirmed cases of legionellosis. This article from Ottowa Citizen reports the story in further detail. The units affected are 5 East and 5 West. “We are working with care teams to ensure alternative water sources are available during this …

Migrants to Return to Bibby Stockholm Barge After Legionella Outbreak

Asylum seekers have been told they can return to the Bibby Stockholm barge, weeks after Legionella bacteria was found in the water system, this article posted on GB News’ Microsoft Start page reports. The Home Office confirmed the migrants would be rehomed on the barge “following the vessel completing all necessary tests”. Back in August, 39 men were moved to …