Health Department Closes Investigation of Highbridge Legionnaires’ Disease Cluster

While the cluster is over and residents are not at increased risk of Legionnaires’ disease, any New Yorker experiencing flu-like symptoms should seek health care immediately. June 17, 2022 — The Health Department today announced that the Highbridge community cluster of Legionnaires’ disease is over. No new cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been identified in residents of the area with symptom onset in …

Combatting Legionnaires disease – What can we do?

Silent but deadly, Legionnaires disease is a health risk for businesses to look out for in their building systems as we head into the peak of summer. We take a look at how digital thermometers from Martindale Electric can help target the disease. Legionella bacteria is found naturally in freshwater environments, such as streams and lakes, and rarely causes illness …

Legionnaires’ Disease sees update of prevention and control regulations in Spain

A new Royal Decree updating the prevention and control regulations of Legionnaires’ Disease in Spain, was approved on Tuesday, June 21. According to Spain’s Ministry of Health, Legionnaires’ Disease or Legionellosis is a bacterial disease of environmental origin that usually presents two different clinical forms: pulmonary infection or Legionnaires’ disease, characterised by pneumonia with high fever; and the non-pneumonic form, known …

Organigram didn’t regularly clean cooling towers linked to 2019 legionnaires’ outbreak

A newly released report by New Brunswick Public Health says Organigram had no regular cleaning of cooling towers that were the source of a 2019 legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Moncton. The 60-page document, which doesn’t name the cannabis grower, examined the outbreak that infected 15 people with the severe form of pneumonia. It says the company’s facility had two new cooling towers …

BS 7592: 2022 Sampling for Legionella bacteria. What’s new?

The British Standard Institution issues guidance on water sampling to test for Legionella bacteria. It has recently published a new version of the standard: BS 7592: 2022, which considers routine monitoring and outbreak investigations. It is essential that anyone working in water sampling for Legionella control keeps abreast of new developments in this standard. What’s the purpose of BS 7592: …

One stroke at a time; addressing the chlorine shortage for UK pools

The familiar combination of Brexit, production in China, and the supply chain have stuck again. They have changed our shopping habits, left our fridges empty, and now they are closing our swimming pools. The UK is beginning to grapple with a chlorine shortage that is predicted to get worse over the summer months. In this blog, we look at why …

Urgent health warning to THOUSANDS of workers in Sydney’s CBD as five people are hospitalised with serious disease

Health officials have warned thousands of city workers could have been exposed to a Legionnaires disease as five people are hospitalised. Those who have spent time in Sydney’s CBD in the last ten days have been urged to monitor for symptoms of Legionnaires disease. Symptoms can include fever, chills, shortness of breath, cough and muscle aches, and if left untreated can …

How to avoid the deadly legionnaire’s bug that can cause life-threatening pneumonia which lurks in stagnant water in your hotel’s shower

Popular holiday resorts could be putting Britons at risk of a serious bacterial infection that can lead to life-threatening pneumonia, a series of new studies have revealed. Scientists have found that up to two-thirds of hotels in destinations including Greece, the Canary Islands and Morocco risk spreading the infection – called legionella, or legionnaires’ disease – which lurks in stagnant water. …

Latest Legionnaires’ Outbreak in the Bronx Kills 1 and Sickens 18

A growing cluster of Legionnaires’ disease cases in the Bronx has resulted in the death of one person and illness in 18 others, eight of whom are currently hospitalised, the New York City Health Department said Wednesday. The cases appear to be linked to four water cooling towers on top of buildings in the Highbridge neighbourhood of the Bronx, where …