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 …

Barry Legionnaires’ probe to continue into 2020, says Mark Drakeford

An investigation into a cluster of cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, is set to continue into next year. First Minister Mark Drakeford said that despite extensive investigations, no common source had yet been identified. Eleven cases of the disease have been reported in and around Barry within the past twelve months. The watchdog Public Health Wales has …

Now four people are dead in a Legionnaires’ outbreak

Now four people are dead in a Legionnaires’ outbreak tied to hot tubs at North Carolina state fair. A fourth person has now died in an outbreak of Legionnaires that has been linked to a hot tub display at a North Carolina state fair last month. 150 people who attended the North Carolina Mountain State Fair became sick along with …

A third person has died after a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in North Carolina

A new article has risen from CNN, written by Nicole Chavez and Jamiel Lynch, stating that a third person has died from the legionnaires outbreak in North Carolina. None of the victims has been identified by authorities and health officials have not discussed the circumstances of their deaths. The 140 cases involve people from several North Carolina counties and a …

Water Coolers Banned from Scotland’s Hospitals to Minimise Infection Risks

A recent blog posted on Legionella Control. com has revealed news that water coolers have been taken out from Scotland’s Hospitals in order to minimise the risk of water born infections. This opens the discussion of if they should also be banned from England and Wales?   Water coolers have been in question for years in hospitals and offices simply …

The importance of performing legionella risk assessments in UK businesses

This blog is focussed around an article publish by Business Matter Magazine based around how important it is to perform your legionella risk assessments regularly. The article discusses why it is important to have a legionella prevention plan in place with this to say. “Businesses must comply with the legislation set by the HSE, failure to comply can result in …