Legionnaires’ disease explained after deadly bacteria is found at Scots hospital

Monklands Hospital chiefs say that legionella was discovered in the water supply of two wards and a unit. An article by Daniel Morrow for the Daily Record reports.

The bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease has been discovered in the water supply of a Scottish hospital.

Legionella was detected in an endoscopy and renal (kidney) ward at Monklands Hospital in Airdrie. It was also found at a renal dialysis unit.

Patients have been urged to avoid using the drinking taps and have been given bottled water as a precaution while investigations are ongoing.

Staff hand washing facilities are also off limits during this spell.

Hospital chiefs say that no patients have so far shown any signs of infection since the bacteria was identified.

Patients have previously been cared for inside the affected wards are being contacted to let them know about the risk.

Legionnaires’ disease is a lung infection that you may contract by breathing in tiny droplets of water containing the bacteria that causes the infection.

It is usually caught in places like hotels, hospitals or offices where the bacteria has gotten into the water supply.

It’s cases like this and so many others that stress the importance of keeping up to date with your water compliance. Without regular checks and flushing of the system legionnaire can go unnoticed and, especially in places such as hospitals, have critical effects.

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