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BS EN ISO 7704 - Open For Public Consultation

BS EN ISO 7704 - Water quality - Requirements for the performance testing of membrane filters used for direct enumeration of mircoorganisms by culture methods

The above standard is ready for public consultation. Please click here to go directly to the standard profile page to review the draft.

This consultation is open until the 1st December 2021.

MPA compensation guidance consultation

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has opened a consultation to seek views on the Best practice guidance for developing compensatory measures in relation to Marine Protected Areas, a future approach to strategic compensation, and how net gain and compensation can work together to deliver the best outcomes for the marine environment.

Opens: 22 July 2021

Closes: 30 September 2021

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs



Review of the water industry national environment programme (WINEP)

The Environment Agency has opened a consultation on the proposed redesign of the WINEP and the roadmap which sets out our ambition and plan for long-term change.

Opens: 22 July 2021

Closes: 16 September 2021

Environment Agency



Control of Legionella in Dry/Wet Cooling Systems Document updated

The Water Management Society working party has fully revised the Control of Legionella in Dry/Wet Cooling Systems W049-9 to current standards in conjunction with the HSE.

This document is available for free download to all and provides invaluable information on how these systems work and the legal requirements related to them.

BS 8580-2 Available for Public Comment

BSI are looking for public comment on the updated draft standard: BS 8580-2 Water quality. Part 2: Risk assessments for Pseudomonas aeruginosa and other waterborne pathogens – Code of practice

Please visit the link below to read the draft and submit comments automatically:

If you have not used the site before you are able to register on to the BSI SDP website (Standards Development Portal) using your own email address and creating your own password.
Once you have registered it is possible to review all of the drafts under consultation.
Please register using this link ( Registration to SDP.

The SDP User guide can her accessed here (

Deadline for public comments: Sunday 5th September 2021


BS 7592 available for public comment

BSI are looking for public comment on the updated draft standard: BS 7592 Sampling for Legionella bacteria in water systems – Code of practice

Please visit the link below to read the draft and submit comment:

Deadline for public comments: Monday 9th August 2021

BSI Detection of SARS-COV-2 proposal for comment

BSI have asked us to share the following information, comment on the proposed standard development listed below:

Proposal: ISO/TC 147/SC 4 N 630, ISO/NP 7014 Water quality -- Detection of SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses in wastewater.

Please visit:

Any comments received before the deadline of 18th July 2021 will be submitted to EH/3/4 for consideration when deciding the UK response to ISO.

If you have not used this system before, you will need to register here:

Man in Central China suffers from organ failure after driving car covered with mold and Legionella

A man from Central China's Hunan Province suffered from acute multiple organ failure after he drove his car which had been parked for two months and was covered with mold inside.



CIBSE Guide G: Public health and plumbing engineering (2014)

PDF amended December 2020 to amend stated values of daily demand for hotels are per bedroom, not per person and include omitted Simultaneous demand pipe sizing charts.



HSE Annual Science Review 2021

HSE has published this year’s review, ‘COVID-19: Collaboration in a time of crisis’.

The 2021 Annual Science Review focuses on the robust scientific evidence supporting the government’s response to the pandemic. The review highlights the range of studies HSE scientists are working on to support healthy and safe work in Great Britain, including:

• The safe introduction of hydrogen technologies and supporting the UK target to achieve net zero emissions

• Assessing the evidence for safe levels of exposure to toxicological hazards

• The evidence supporting an award-winning campaign that reduced the risk of Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks



Training Announcement April 2021

In line with the government roadmap out of lockdown, we will be reopening our training centre on the 12th April.

Water Management Society are providing training in a COVID-secure way to small groups of delegates. Our additional safety measures include: 

• Social distancing in classrooms with reduced student numbers 

• PPE for when social distancing is not possible 

• Restricted use of communal areas 

• Limited use of our practical training area 

• New cleaning and hygiene practices 

• Pre-packaged catering in place of buffet lunches

Click here for more details of our COVID-19 Risk Assessment, Control Policy and updated Delegate Sign-In Policy.

We look forward to welcoming you back to our training soon. If you have any questions about your training or would like to book a course please get in contact with our team or 01827 289558, alternatively take a look at our FAQ page here.

WRAS becomes Water Regs UK

The Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) has separated its subscriptions and approvals activities into two separate businesses, Water Regs UK and the Water Regulations Approvals Scheme (WRAS).

The move follows an internal review and a series of in-depth surveys of members, stakeholders and subscribers.

The findings prompted the launch of the Water Regs UK and Water Regulations Approvals Scheme businesses, which clarifies the services offered to different stakeholder groups.

Water Regs UK is focusing on promoting compliance with the Water Fitting Regulations and Byelaws across the UK to protect customers.

The new business is primarily funded by water company subscribers and facilitates water company collaboration and the sharing of industry learning, experience, and good practice. It also acts as a hub to communicate information about the water regulations.

Water Regs UK is also responsible for running the Water Industry Approved Plumber Scheme (WIAPS) on behalf of 14 water suppliers in England and Wales.

The new Water Regulations Approvals Scheme business is funded by manufacturers and applicants and it has a specific responsibility for approving plumbing products and materials.

Responsibilities include maintaining a directory of more than 9,000 products and 3,000 materials.

For further information, visit and

Updated advice on ventilation and air conditioning during the pandemic

HSE has updated and expanded its advice to help employers provide adequate ventilation in their workplaces during the pandemic.

This guidance builds on helping you to identify and take action in poorly ventilated areas.

It also provides guidance on other factors to consider when assessing the risk from aerosol transmission, and determining whether adequate ventilation is being provided to reduce this risk.

You should be maximising the fresh air in a space and this can be done by:

  • natural ventilation
    which relies on passive air flow through windows, doors and air vents that can be fully or partially opened
  • mechanical ventilation
    using fans and ducts to bring in fresh air from outside, or 
  • a combination of natural and mechanical ventilation, for example where mechanical ventilation relies on natural ventilation to maximise fresh air

Read the updated guidance and find out how you can provide adequate ventilation in your workplace, helping to protect workers and other people from transmission of coronavirus.


UK Water Industry Research is are seeking help from both academics and asset management experts to take on a critical piece of research that helps improve future investment decisions in the water sector.


UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR) has opened its Expression of Interest (EOI) for a significant project that takes investment planning to the next level and allow water companies to create more value through asset management decision making. This will further improve how water companies manage and maintain millions of assets – from pipelines to pumping stations and water and wastewater treatment works.


The project is among hundreds being managed by UKWIR to answer its Big Questions – the water industry’s strategic research programme to deal with the future challenges posed by issues such as climate change, population growth and the need for greater environmental protection.

The specific elements of the asset investment project are:

  • Scenario Planning – to define the future scenarios water companies use to assess how asset investment will need to change over time
  • Value Framework and Value Measures – to develop an industry-wide value framework and common `asset health’ measures so there is greater consistency in how investment decisions are reached.

Chris Royce, UKWIR Programme Lead and Strategic Asset and Investment Manager at Anglian Water, said: “The UK and Ireland water industry is the custodian of millions of pieces of vital equipment which keep the nation’s taps and toilets flowing for our customers.

“However, many of these assets exceed their design life and combined with changing customer service expectations, population and housing growth, and variable weather patterns, we need to improve how we plan for the future.”


UKWIR would like Expressions of Interest from consortiums which include a mix of consultancy and academic experience and is particularly keen to hear from parties beyond the water industry which may have expertise of innovative approaches adopted in other sectors.


Further information on the project can be found HERE or contact UKWIR at The deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest is 12th February 2021.

PHE - Legionella Monthly Reports 2020

This report from Public Health England provides a summary of data extracted from the national Legionella database for confirmed and suspected cases of Legionnaires' disease in residents of England and Wales, as reported to the national surveillance scheme from 1 January to 15 November 2020.

View the report here

Community face coverings — Specification

New specification on minimum performance requirements and test methods for community face coverings open for comment

Version 1 of BSI Flex 5555 Community face coverings — Specification is now available to download.




Training announcement

Following the government’s announcement on the 4th January we are pausing our training to adhere to the national lockdown in place in England. Anyone currently booked on a training course in January will be contacted directly to rearrange this booking. The situation will be monitored closely and we will return to delivering courses as soon as this is deemed safe by the government.

Our team is still available to take bookings for future training in 2021 and will be happy to discuss your training needs with you, contact us via email or by phone: 01827 289 558.

Drinking water legislation - Environment - European Commission (

On 16 December 2020, the European Parliament formally adopted the revised Drinking Water Directive. The Directive will enter in force on 12 January 2021, and Member States will have two years to transpose it into national legislation.



Central Sterilising Club - Public consultation on BS 2646-1:2020 'Autoclaves for sterilization in laboratories - CSC members comments welcome by the 12 December

The CSC have been forwarded the latest draft of BS 2646-1:2020 Autoclaves for sterilization in laboratories – Part 1: Design, construction, safety and performance – Specification.

This has been revised by a CH/198 drafting panel and the document has been approved for public consultation and the CSC would like to give you the opportunity to comment on the content.

If you would like to take the opportunity to make comment then please contact the CSC by 12th December.


Click here for the CSC Contact page

November 2020 update

Following the recent announcement from the English government, we can confirm that the Water Management Society’s training facility will remain open.  All our current courses will continue to run with the additional measures already put in place to keep our staff and students COVID Secure.  More details of those changes can be found here.


WRAS - Notice of public consultation

Notification of public consultation on two proposed guidance documents develped by water undertakers

I am writing on behalf of those water undertakers subscribing to WRAS Ltd to advise they are in the process of publishing guidance to facilitiate complance with the legal oblilgations set out in Regulation/Bylaw 4(1)(a) of the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999, the Water Supply (Water Fittings) (Scotland) Byelaws 2014 and the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009.

As part of this process you are invited to take part in a public consultation process by reviewing and commenting on two proposed guidance documents:

Guidance: Regulation 4(1)(a) compliance

Guidance: BS 6920 overview

All information and documentation relating to this consultation is available on our website

Any feedback on the documents should be made using the consultation reply form, available from (click to view) which should be returned to WRAS via email to

Please note that this consultation is not seeking views on whether the legislative requirements set out in the above regulations and byelaws (to which this guidance relates) are correct or should be changed.


All responses must be received before the close of business Tuesday 10th november 2020.

Legionella risks during the coronavirus pandemic

Recent cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the Midlands are a powerful reminder that employers, the self-employed and people in control of premises (such as landlords) have a duty to identify and control risks associated with legionella.


If your building has been closed or had reduced occupancy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease.


You should review your risk assessment and manage the legionella risks when you:

  • reinstate a water system or start using it again

If the water system is still used regularly, maintain the appropriate measures to prevent legionella growth.


For detailed guidance on managing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease during the pandemic visit the HSE website.


Read about the outbreak in the Midlands.

Contributing to the national response

Despite having to suspend our usual services during the initial stages of lockdown, our occupational health and hygiene teams were kept very busy supporting both HSE’s and wider Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Our scientists and technical experts have been supporting HSE’s recently formed PPE Unit by providing their specialist knowledge of personal protective equipment (PPE), material science and regulatory requirements to help the Unit make effective decisions in order to get PPE to where it was needed.

They have also contributed to the recent safety alert on KN95 repirators, as well as conducting research as part of the recently published rapid review of PPE provided in health care settings to manage risk during the coronavirus outbreak.

WRAS - RPZ AIM 08-01 testers upgrade to issue 2 before Jan 2021

The RPZ AIM 08-01 has been updated, Issue 2 was published on 8 January 2020. There will be a 12-month transition period, running until 7 January 2021, after which Issue 1 will no longer be recognised. This transition period is to enable existing RPZ testers, users and operators to understand the new requirements.

To ensure continued recognition by water companies, existing approved RPZ testers need to complete the FREE course before the end of November 2020. 

Book training here

What our students are saying about WMSoc training

We have been delighted to welcome our students back to WMSoc training in Fazeley following the reopening of our site on the 6th July.  The ratings of our first courses have been to our usual high standards.  Here are what some of our students are saying about us:


Q. What did you most enjoy about the training day? 

A. It was very laid back and easy going, the trainer was open and approachable, knowledgeable and set at a good pace with regular breaks

A. The relaxed atmosphere

A. Lots of quality information really helpful and insightful

A. How well and clearly it was presented and with the tutor having good knowledge and experience



Q. Would you recommend WMSoc training to a colleague? And why?

A. Yes, Informative course and well run

A. Yes, Gain valuable knowledge in the industry

A. Yes, Always learn something new

A. Yes, Really good staff, an enjoyable days training


Why not start your own training journey with us today?  Book Here

PWTAG Spa and Hot Tub Technical Note 47

PWTAG Technical Note 47

Spa and hot tub technical operation after Covid-19 shutdown

This guidance is specifically for spa pools and hot tubs run either in a commercial or business setting.

It is likely that spa pools and hot tubs will have been shut since the early weeks of Covid-19. Opening them up for use requires attendtion to a number of key health and safety procedures, provided in the document.

Read Technical note 47 here!

Checking the Validity of CE Marked PPE

In a recent article UKAS provided guidance on how to check that a certificate apparently provided by an accredited certification body was in fact valid. This was in response to an increase in reported fake certificates claiming certification against management system standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001, and in particular, during the current pandemic crisis, against ISO 13485 which covers medical devices.



BSI - Free New guidance available to download - Safe working during the COVID-19 pandemic

BSI has developed a guidance document to assist organizations as they adjust the way they work, to protect workers and other people in their work This document is not a formal standard, but a set of guidelines, developed at pace, using an agile process.

The first version of the guidelines has been reviewed by an expert advisory group. This document will be revised frequently to reflect the dynamic situation, taking into account comments from users, government guidance, the level of risk and emerging knowledge. place from the ongoing risks related to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Each version of this document will be available on BSI’s website to provide ongoing guidance to business owners, managers, workers and other users as they deal with the complexities of this changing situation. Each version will be complete and ready to use, and may be cited by its version number.

You can sign up to be alerted to subsequent versions of the document.



WMSoc Guidance for small businesses re-opening post COVID-19

Guidance from Water Management Society for small businesses to ensure water safety when re-opening following COVID-19 Lockdown.

Download the full guidance

Legionnaires’ disease: lockdown risks and reopening safely

Legionnaires’ disease: lockdown risks and reopening safely

Advice from the chartered institute of environmental health

When buildings reopen after lockdown, it is essential that water systems are not put back into use without considering the risks of Legionnaires’ disease. There is an increased risk of waterborne pathogens such as Legionella bacteria being present as a consequence of the conditions that lockdown may have created.
As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19pandemic, there is the potential for an increased number of people to be susceptible to Legionnaires’ disease due to a compromised respiratory system during or after infection with COVID-19.

Health and Safety Executive reminder on water systems safety during the COVID-19 lockdown

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has reminded building occupiers, businesses and other duty holders restarting operations after the COVID-19 shutdown to review their water systems maintenance arrangements to avoid creating a public health hazard from waterborne bacteria such as legionella [1].



PWTAG advice on reopening pools

PWTAG advice on re-opening a pool after COVID-19 shutdown.

Find out more here

Legionella Risks During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Employers, the self-employed and people in control of premises, such as landlords, have a duty to identify and control risks associated with legionella.  If a building was closed or has reduced occupancy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires disease.  Due to this increased risk of Legionella, HSE has launched a new website.

More info here

DWI Advice Letter

Drinking Water Inspectorate Advice letter on maintaining drinking water quality when reinstating water supplies after temporary closure due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Read here

HSE - Arrangements for regulation of chemicals during the coronavirus outbreak

HSE is continuing to provide services for regulating chemicals during the coronavirus outbreak.  Find updated administration details for each chemical regime.


BSRIA - Continued maintenance of water systems is essential during building’s lower occupancy time

Explaining why it is essential to continue maintaining some critical building services such as water during the coronavirus pandemic.

Full article here

ESGLI guidance for managing Legionella in building water systems

The ESCMID Study Group for Legionella Infections has issued a guidance document aimed at ensuring building water systems in healthcare and non-healthcare settings are kept safe during and following this pandemic. This includes: public residential and office buildings, commercial and industrial buildings, educational buildings in both non-residential and residential settings, hotels and other holiday premises such as campsites, cruise ships and other buildings with similar water systems.

View and Download here

Management of waterborne pathogens in dental care during the Covid-19 pandemic

This guidance is aimed at independent primary care dental providers as well as those in primary care GP practices. Particular attention should be given to the control of waterborne pathogens in dental unit water lines and related equipment during this pandemic.

View and download here

World Health Organisation: Operational considerations for COVID-19 management in the accommodation sector

This WHO document has been prepared based on the evidence currently available about Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) transmission and is designed to ensure that the accommodation sector can protect the health of its staff and clients.

View and download here

Health and Safety Executive: Fit testing face masks to avoid transmission: coronavirus (COVID-19)

Tight-fitting respirators (such as disposavle FFP3 masks and reusable half masks) rely on having a good deal with the wearer's face. A face fit test should be carried out to ensure the respiratory protective equipment (RPE) can protect the wearer.

View and download here

Water Management Society’s continuity plan - COVID-19

Water Management Society secretariat staff are currently not working from the Fazeley premises until further notice.
 This is due to the Government advice during the COVID-19 situation.

 Staff are working remotely from home to ensure that all business requirements that allow Water Management Society to function are in place.

 You can contact the Water Management Society by email: or telephone: 01827 289 558 and our website is operational.

 We will continue to monitor and review the situation and respond to any further announcements as required.


Fatal Case of Legionnaires’ Disease After Home Exposure to Legionella pneumophila Serogroup 3 — Wisconsin, 2018

Fatal Case of Legionnaires’ Disease After Home Exposure to Legionella pneumophila Serogroup 3 — Wisconsin, 2018



HSE Safety Alert issued

HSE has issued a safety alert highlighting the increased risks of primary containment loss associated with dead-legs that may be present on process pipe-work.



Milton Keynes man recruits lawyers to find out how he caught Legionnaires’ disease

A Milton Keynes man who ended up in hospital with Legionnaires’ disease following a skiing holiday has recruited lawyers to discover the cause of his illness.



Taking the P***: the decline of the great British public toilet

RSPH has published a report revealing the dire state of our public conveniences and its impact on the public's health.



NHS: St George's to get water safety funding after legionella cases

St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is to get £27 million in Government funding, including £3.5 million for water safety, after two of its patients contracted legionella.



One dead in Ghent legionella outbreak

One person has died from legionella Evergem, near Ghent, after health authorities declared an outbreak of the bacteria in the region which accelerated at the weekend.



Australian woman fights for her life after contracting Legionnaires' disease while on holiday in Bali

An Australian woman is fighting for her life in an intensive care unit after she contracted legionnaires disease while holidaying in Bali.



BS 8580-1:2019 Water Quality. Risk assessments for Legionella control – free information leaflet

BS 8580-1:2019 Water Quality. Risk assessments for Legionella control – free information leaflet available for download.



Chicago: Legionnaires’ disease cases prompt investigation of Mercy Hospital

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is investigating two cases of Legionnaires' disease in patients possibly exposed at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center in Chicago, and a report of Legionella in the facility’s water system.  The investigation is currently limited to this facility; the general public is not at risk.



Legionnaires' disease found in adjacent California prisons

Legionnaires' disease bacteria that killed one inmate and sickened another is more widespread than expected in a California state prison, officials said Wednesday, citing new test results.



Care home slated by family over ‘horrifying’ legionnaires death

A woman has described the “horrifying” experience of watching her brother die from legionnaires' disease he contracted while living at a New Forest care home.



Woman is taking legal action against Boldon firm after Legionnaire’s Disease nightmare

A grandmother who was struck down with a life-threatening condition caused by living near a factory has confirmed she is taking legal action against the firm.



Department took weeks to tell public servants about potentially harmful bacteria

Public servants working at a federal government building in Gatineau, Que., say they werent told that potentially harmful Legionella bacteria had been found in their workplace until weeks after the discovery.



Legionella 2019: A Position Statement and Guidance Document from the AWT

The Association ​of Water ​Technologies (​AWT, ) has released ​their 2019 ​position ​statement and ​guidance ​document on ​Legionella (a ​revision of ​their 2003 ​paper).  ​It was produced ​by the AWT ​Legionella Task ​Force chaired ​by Bill Pearson,​ CWT, and Andy ​Weas, CWT, in ​consultation ​with the AWT ​Technical ​Committee.​



Dublin school forced to shut down immediately following discovery of deadly legionella bacteria

A Dublin school which was forced to shut in October due to structural problems has told parents that it will have to close the establishment once again.



Dire warning as deadly Legionnaires' disease is found lurking in nearly 80 per cent of household showers

The potentially deadly Legionnaires disease is lurking in many household showers, a new study has found.



1 dead, 1 sickened after Legionnaires' outbreak at former Best Western

One person died and another was sickened after a Legionnaires disease outbreak at an assisted living facility that was the scene of outbreaks when it was a hotel, officials familiar with the matter said Thursday.



4 visitors to NW. Minnesota hotel fall ill with Legionnaires'; pool, spa closed

A spokesperson for a hotel in northwestern Minnesota said Sunday that its pool and spa area will remain closed for another 2 1/2 weeks after four visitors contracted the potentially deadly Legionnaires disease.



Legionnaires’ Disease at Alomere Health Hospital in Alexandria, MN

The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating two cases of Legionnaires’ disease at Alomere Health Hospital in Alexandria. Health officials are working with the hospital to find the source of contamination that sickened one person in November 2018, who has recovered, and another in January 2019 who remains hospitalized.



Hong Kong doctors investigating after first death of the year from legionnaires’ disease

A 55-year-old man with underlying illnesses has died from legionnaires’ disease, the first such death in the city this year, according to health authorities.



Pool closes after fears change in water temperature could lead to Legionnaires’ disease

A swimming pool have shut their doors after fears the fluctuating water temperatures could result in an increase of bacteria which causes Legionnaires’ disease.



Monthly Legionella Report November 2018

Monthly Legionella Report November 2018

National Surveillance Scheme for Legionnaires’ disease in Residents of England and Wales



Legionnaires’ bacteria cleanup ongoing at SUNY Downstate’s Brooklyn hospital

The water taps are still turned off at SUNY Downstate’s University Hospital of Brooklyn following the discovery of the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease in the drinking water, Downstate Associate VP Dawn Walker told the Brooklyn Eagle on Monday.



Resident of Manteno Veterans’ Home who contracted Legionnaires’ disease has died

A resident of a home for veterans in Manteno who contracted Legionnaires/’ disease has died, a source in the Pritzker administration confirmed Wednesday evening.


Infection measures reviewed after baby’s death

A trust has reviewed infection prevention and control measures after a premature baby was infected with pseudomonas in a neonatal intensive care unit.



Legionella discovered at Totnes Community Hospital in Devon

The minor injuries unit at Totnes Community Hospital has been closed following the discovery of the potentially lethal Legionella bacteria.



Legionnaires’ Disease at Phoebe Richland Health Center

Two patients at Phoebe Richland Health Center in Richlandtown, PA were recently diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. One of them has died.



Health district reminds people to take precautions after Legionnaires’ disease identified across region

Nine cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported across the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District last year, and while this isn’ considered an outbreak, people have been reminded to take precautions when gardening and cleaning around stagnant water sources.



On-site Testing for Pseudomonas and Legionella webinar

On-site Testing for Pseudomonas and Legionella webinar


Water microbiology testing made easy

Water Management Society & IDEXX




Legionella bacteria found in Dublin city offices

Dublin city’s rates office has been closed down and its staff moved following the discovery of the bacteria which causes legionnaires' disease in its water system.



Faecal bacteria found in ice and drinks at leading pub chains

Ice and soda water served at some of the UK’s leading food and drink chains are contaminated with faecal bacteria, an undercover investigation has found.



University Hospital Legionnaires outbreak increases to 11

Health officials announced that six more illnesses were identified in the University Hospital Legionnaires outbreak in Madison, Wisconsin.



Council pleads guilty to Health and Safety Executive charge over Legionella case

Tendring District Council (TDC) has pleaded guilty to a single charge relating to its Legionella management systems after being prosecuted as a result of a case of Legionnaire’s Disease contracted by a customer at Walton-on-the-Naze Lifestyles leisure centre two years ago.



State health officials: Legionnaires' disease on rise

MADISON, Wis. - State health officials say it’s a record year for cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the state. That’s the type of pneumonia five UW-Hospital patients were diagnosed with this week.



Deadly legionella bacteria detected in 170 Queensland hospitals and aged care centres

More than half of Queensland's hospitals and aged care centres have tested positive for potentially deadly legionella bacteria, a year after the State Government launched a crackdown on outbreaks.



Council sought extensive and independent advice on bacteria

Ipswich City Council says the risk to the public and council staff from Legionella bacteria is extremely low and Queensland Government health and safety experts are satisfied with council’s response and actions.



Legionnaires' disease monthly surveillance reports: 2018

Legionnaires' disease monthly surveillance reports: 2018



Recent Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreaks

Recent Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreaks:



Warren Barr South Loop Nursing Home Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak

A Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at the Warren Barr South Loop Nursing Home in Chicago has sickened two people. The outbreak is one of two clusters of the severe pneumonia illness recently identified by state health officials.



Health officials name Johnsburg Walmart a possible source of exposure to Legionnaires'

The Walmart in Johnsburg has been identified as a potential spot where residents with Legionnaires’ disease were exposed to Legionella bacteria, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.



Officials say Legionnaires' disease linked to Parma church cases likely came from cooling system

PARMA, Ohio - The cause of an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at a Parma church that left one woman dead and 10 others sick has been linked to the building's cooling system, Cuyahoga County Board of Health Officials announced on Wednesday.



2 Parkchester tenants reported to have Legionnaires’ Disease

Two tenants living on Unionport Road have reportedly come down with Legionnaires’ disease.

Department of Health officials held a public meeting Tuesday to inform residents about the Legionnaires’ scare.



Legionnaires' disease bacteria found in Morris County jail water

MORRIS TOWNSHIP — Legionella bacteria has been found in the Morris County jail water system, making it the third county-owned building to test positive since July, officials said Monday.



Security officer dies of legionnaires' disease

A man who worked security at a federal government office building in Gatineau, Que., where the bacteria that causes legionnaires' disease was detected in 2015 has died of the same infection.



Solution needed for Churchill cancer centre's Legionella issue

OXFORD hospital bosses are trying to find a ‘long-term’ solution to an ongoing legionella problem at the Churchill Hospital in Headington.



2 Embassy Suites Guests Contract Legionnaires' Disease in Chicago, Officials Say

Two people contracted Legionnaires’ disease after staying at a downtown Chicago hotel, public health officials said Friday.



Surrey Walmart reopens after legionnaires' disease outbreak

Fraser Health Authority confirms 7 cases under investigation; no health risk inside mall, says owner.



Victims of the legionnaires‘ disease eventually compensated

Solange Allen has won his fight. The 200 victims of the outbreak of legionnaires‘ disease will be indemnified, to the time of the conclusion of an agreement between the citizens, the public health and the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ), the owner of the building to the origin of the outbreak.



Devon health care centre reopens after deadly bacteria discovered in taps

A Devon health care centre has now reopened four days after Legionella bacteria was discovered in taps.

Tests were carried out at the Paignton Health and Wellbeing Centre in the old Paignton hospital building in Church Street and it will open again on Wednesday September 5.



Four people in Lowell contract Legionnaire's disease

Four people have been infected with Legionnaire's disease in the city over the past couple months, cases that are unrelated to the recent outbreak in Hampton Beach, N.H., Lowell health officials confirmed Thursday afternoon.



Notice served on Wolverhampton hotel

The City of Wolverhampton Council has taken the decision, following consultation with health experts, to serve a prohibition notice on Ramada Park Hall Hotel and Spa following concerns related to the hotel's water management system and the discovery of legionella bacteria in samples taken.



Fifth case of Legionnaire’s disease confirmed in NH

A fifth case of Legionnaire’s disease has been identified in Hampton, New Hampshire, health officials confirmed Monday.



Central Regional Staff Member Treated For Legionnaires’

A staff member at Central Regional Middle School is being treated for legionnaires’ disease, and school officials said they have taken precautions to make sure the school is ready for students to come in September.



Health Dept.: 2 infected with Legionnaires' disease at Bristol rehab center

Health officials are investigating after two residents at St. Elizabeth's Manor in Bristol became infected with Legionnaires' disease.



Cases of Legionnaires’ disease more than double in 2017

Health authorities have warned of the growing incidence of Legionnaires’ disease in Ireland with a record level of the potentially fatal infection notified last year.



ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2018, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems - The brand new 2018 edition clarifies compliance requirements.

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2018, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems - The brand new 2018 edition clarifies compliance requirements.



NY health officials warn of Legionella exposure at Watkins Glen hotel

The New York State Department of Health announced this week that individuals who were guests at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel between July 16, 2018 – August 1, 2018 and were in proximity to the hotel’s pool and spa may have been exposed to Legionella bacteria.



Sara Groenewegen, former Gophers softball star, recovering from legionnaires' disease, medically induced coma

Former Gophers softball star Sara Groenewegen announced on Twitter that she recently spent 10 days in a medically induced coma after being diagnosed with legionnaires’ disease.



Legionnaires' disease confirmed at popular Nuneaton club

Two cases of lethal Legionnaires' disease have forced a popular Nuneaton club to temporarily close.



CALLING ALL WMSOC MEMBERS: draft addendum to HBN 00-10 Part C


Invitation to comment: Technical Consultation HBN 00-10 Part C


Comment on a draft addendum to HBN 00-10 Part C.

Please send any feedback into us at by 10/08/18.



Everyone uses bottled water after Legionnaires' disease found in N.J. town hall

Employees at West Orange town hall were drinking bottled water and washing their hands with hand sanitizer after a colleague was diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease, and water at the public building tested positive for the bacteria that causes the disease.



Legionella claims third victim

(ANSA) - Milan, July 25 - A legionella alarm in the area of Bresso, near Milan, continued on Wednesday with the news of a third victim, an 84-year-old woman who died due to complications linked to the bacteria.



Legionnnaire’s bug shut Belfast council spa on three occasions

Unsatisfactory levels of Legionella was found seven times in one Belfast City Council-owned facility last year.



Legionnaires’ disease sickens 2 residents of southern Minnesota senior care facility

Health officials are investigating two cases of Legionnaires’ disease among residents at a southern Minnesota senior care facility.



Six confirmed cases of legionella reported among St. Columbkille church community in Parma

PARMA - The Cuyahoga County Board of Health is currently conducting testing after six parishioners from the St. Columbkille Parish in Parma contracted legionella, which can cause a serious type of pneumonia.



Detroit Delta Air worker diagnosed with Legionnaires'

A Detroit employee for Delta Air Lines tested positive for Legionnaires' disease and was hospitalized last week.



Contractors at Wayne State University diagnosed with Legionnaires disease

Two employees of a contracting firm working on apartments at Wayne State University have been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease.



Charges dropped against firms after Legionella outbreak

Charges have been dropped against three companies accused of failing to protect employees exposed during a Legionnaires outbreak in 2012.



BS 8580-1 Water quality - ISSUED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

BS 8580-1 Water quality - Risk assessments for Legionella control - Code of practice

Document has now been issued for public comment until 3rd September.



Chiang Mai: European tourist catches Legionnaires’ Disease in hotel

A European tourist, his nationality has not been named, has succumbed to the Legionnaire bacteria in a Chiang Mai hotel. A public health official in the northern city admits that the tourist went down with Legionnaires’ Disease after staying in Chiang Mai. He says that foreigners tend not to have resistance to the legionella bacteria that causes the condition.



Patient with Legionnaires' disease dies, others may have been infected at hospital

HONOLULU (KHON2) - The Hawaii Department of Health says one person is dead after contracting Legionnaires' disease.



Legionella: Outbreak Strikes 6 University Buildings

Legionnaires’ disease first struck in 1976, at a hotel in Philadelphia, and despite 42 years of research efforts and prevention measures, the disease continues to afflict occupants of institutional and commercial facilities.



Queen's Medical Center takes action after patients treated for Legionnaires' disease

HONOLULU (KHON2) - Queen's Medical Center says it is testing its Punchbowl hospital for Legionella bacteria after recently treating four patients with Legionnaires' disease.



Bupa handed £3 million fine following death of grandfather who contracted Legionnaire's Disease at Brentwood care home

Bupa Care Homes have been hit with a £3 million fine after the death of a pensioner at one of their care homes near Brentwood.



Thames Water to pay back £65m to customers as part of leakage penalty

Thames Water, Britain’s biggest water company, is to pay back £65m to customers as part of a £120m package of penalties after being castigated by the regulator for its failure to tackle leaks.



Data Shows Widespread Noncompliance with Law to Fight Legionnaires' Disease

Three years ago, New York City and New York State enacted sweeping regulations to prevent Legionnaires’ Disease in a response to an outbreak of the bacterial pneumonia that killed at least 12 people and sickened hundreds more.



Legionnaires’ bacteria was found on the Pride of Kent P&O ferry after it returned to service

Legionnaires’ was discovered on a P&O ferry shortly after it returned to service.



Boldon Legionnaires' outbreak firm Faltec Europe fined £1.6m

A car parts firm has been fined £1.6m following an outbreak of Legionnaire's Disease and an explosion at its South Tyneside factory.



Firm at centre of Legionella outbreak accused of

A company with a "woeful and flagrant disregard" for health and safety regulations left a number of employees in induced comas after a outbreak of Legionnaire's Disease and an explosion, a court has heard.



Legionella found again at Ludlow's The Feathers Hotel

Elevated levels of bacteria have been found at a hotel where a guest died after contracting Legionnaires' disease.



Legionella bacteria discovered in water supply at flats complex where hundreds live

Tests are being carried out after Legionella bacteria was discovered in the hot water supplies at a flats complex housing hundreds of residents.



Why State Officials Hold the Keys to Preventing Legionnaires’ Disease

Eight lessons – and what they suggest is crucial for protecting people from Legionnaires' disease over the next five years – are discussed in this 5-minute video and article.

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Perth Children's Hospital opening date in doubt amid second legionella scare

Health authorities have moved to reassure the public the Perth Children's Hospital's planned opening remains on track, despite potentially deadly legionella bacteria being discovered in the $1.2 billion facility for the second time.



City investigating outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx

The city’s Health Department is investigating an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at Co-Op City in the Bronx, officials said Wednesday.



Alison in Marathon run for Charity

On Sunday 22nd April 2018, Water Treatment Products Director, Alison Carter will be running in the London Marathon and raising money for the charity Children with Cancer.


Alison says “I am really looking forward to the ‘marathon experience’; running in my ‘Children with Cancer’ vest and raising money for funding vital research to save the lives of children with cancer and keep families together for longer.

Having never run a marathon (just a few halves), the training plan is on my wall where I cannot miss viewing it regularly to keep me on target to increase miles run each week.


Water Treatment Products are very proud of the commitment and dedication Alison has put into training for this huge achievement; and we wish Alison all the best. If you would like to support Alison by donating to her charity page, Alison’s Charity Page:

Yucky ducky? Study reveals bath-time toy’s dirty secret

BERN, Switzerland — Scientists now have the dirt on the rubber ducky: Those cute yellow bath-time toys are — as some parents have long suspected — a haven for nasty bugs.



Water bacteria probe extended to Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Four children are now receiving treatment for infections which may be linked to the water supply at the RHC in Glasgow.



Family may take legal action against care home after brother's death from Legionnaires' disease

THE family of a man who died from suspected legionnaires' disease are considering legal action against the care home in a bid to find out how he contracted the lethal illness.



Legionella Testing Market is estimated to bring US$398.7 million revenue by 2025 - TMR

Albany, NY, March 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- According to Transparency Market Research, the global was valued at US$180 million in 2016 and is estimated to reach US$398.7 million by 2025 at a CAGR of 9.4% from 2017 to 2025.



Legionella bacteria in Baumholder housing forces decontamination, sends soldiers elsewhere to shower

BAUMHOLDER, Germany — At least 20 buildings in Baumholder, including two family housing units and six barracks, had to be decontaminated after officials found high levels of the water-borne bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease.



PRA slams 'Legionnaires' slur on UK car washes

The PRA has reacted angrily to assertions that car washes in the UK could harbour Legionnaires’ disease. It followed a warning by a medical expert Dr Tom Makin, senior consultant at Legionella control who advises the Department of Health.



Legionnaires’ disease in England and Wales: 2016 - Official Statistics

Reported cases of Legionnaires’ disease in residents of England and Wales with onset of symptoms during 2016.



Broadways Nursing Home: Legionella bacteria found in plumbing

A strain of legionella bacteria has been found in the plumbing system of a County Antrim nursing home.



Legionnaires’ disease reported at IslandWalk in North Port

NORTH PORT — The Sarasota County Health Department will test the pool and spa area of IslandWalk at the West Villages development in North Port to determine whether they are the source of a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that occurred at the gated community Friday.



EVENT REPORT - Water & Health joint workshop with RSC WSF a success! Write up by Richard Luxton, chair for the day

Water & Health joint workshop with RSC WSF a success! Write up by Richard Luxton, chair for the day

February 15th, 2018


SWIG and the RSC WSF group held a joint workshop on ‘Water & Health’ kindly hosted by the IBST at UWE, Bristol, on 31 January 2018. Richard Luxton, Chair for the day provides a write up of the day:

This was a well-attended event was run in conjunction with the Royal Society of Chemistry, Water Science Forum group.  It was held at the Exhibition and Conference Centre in Bristol with 12 companies and organisations taking stands.  Prof Nigel Silman from PHE set the scene for the day by giving a good overview of water borne disease and techniques used to detect these disease.  The session ended with a challenge for companies and researchers to develop a robust, low cost (bio) sensor for the rapid detection of pathogens...



Cypress woman confirmed to have Legionnaires' disease

The Harris County Public Health has confirmed a case of legionella after a Cypress woman fell ill with Legionnaires' disease.



Legionnaires' disease alert in Castle Hill

NSW Health is investigating water cooling towers in Castle Hill after three people contracted Legionnaires’ disease after spending time in the Sydney suburb.



Updated HSE-CQC MoU

The revised Memorandum of Understanding between HSE and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is now available on both the HSE and CQC websites.

The document outlines the respective responsibilities of CQC, HSE and local authorities in England when dealing with health and safety incidents in the health and adult social care sectors.  It also clarifies that CQC is the enforcement body in respect of suspected cases of Legionnaires’ disease in patients/service users arising from the hot and cold water systems at premises registered with CQC.

Accompanying operational guidance for regulatory staff has been published and is also available on HSE’s website:

£640k acquisition of Derbyshire water treatment firm

Derbyshire water treatment firm Future Water has been sold to listed support services group Marlowe in a deal worth £640,000.



Legionella bacteria confirmed at the Capitol Complex

A memo was sent out Wednesday alerting employees that active Legionella bacteria was found in the Capitol Complex.



Royal United Hospital admits health and safety failing after Legionnaires' death

Bath man Terry Brooks died from the water-borne illness while he was a patient at the hospital.



Castleton Swimming Pool re-opening to the public

Castleton Swimming Pool officially re-opens to the public this weekend, the culmination of a regeneration project that saved the pool from closure - the moment will be marked at a special re-opening ceremony on Sunday 4 February at 12.30pm.

The doors were locked as a safety precaution in December 2016, when small traces of Legionella were found in its shower system.



Six cases of Legionnaire's disease at private Lisbon hospital

Two more cases of Legionnaires' disease were recorded in the outbreak at the the CUF Descobertas hospital in Lisbon, bringing the number of infected patients to six, a spokesperson at the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) confirmed on Monday.



Legionnaires’ disease on the rise in Switzerland

There’s been a 35% increase in the number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Switzerland since 2016. Nearly 500 people became infected with the deadly lung disease last year.



Plastic bottles: Free water refill points rolled out to cut waste

Shops, cafes and businesses will offer free water refill points in every major city and town in England by 2021.



Safety at Mandalay Medical Centre, in Sharples hailed as good after latest CQC inspection

A MEDICAL centre has been awarded a good rating for the safety of its services.

The Care Quality Commission undertook a focused inspection to assess safety at Mandalay Medical Centre, in Sharples.



Legionella bacteria possibly at Illinois Capitol Complex

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. Preliminary test results show the possible presence of Legionella bacteria in the Illinois Capitol Complex's hot water system and officials have removed aerators and shut off the showers to reduce the possibility of infection.



Deadly Legionella Bacteria Are Common in U.S. Building Plumbing

Water samples from cooling towers across the country show signs of the bacteria.



Carillion directors to be investigated

The government has ordered a fast-track investigation into directors at the failed construction firm Carillion.



Broadways Nursing Home: Legionella bacteria found in plumbing

A strain of legionella bacteria has been found in the plumbing system of a County Antrim nursing home.



Cheetham Hill nursing home remains in special measures with watchdog despite improvements

A care home which failed SEVEN safety standards during the summer failed to resolve their problems when inspectors returned three months later.



Nontuberculous mycobacteria – an emerging public health problem

Sessions on nontuberculous mycobacterial pulmonary disease (NTM-PD) were particularly well attended at the recent 27th International Congress of the European Respiratory Society, reflecting the rising incidence and prevalence of these infections, and the growing interest of clinicians and researchers. Professor James Chalmers explains the current situation and the challenge of treating NTM-PD effectively.



Margate: Legionella bacteria discovered in 11 water outlets at QEQM

A potentially deadly bacteria was discovered in 11 water outlets at a Kent hospital after a patient contracted Legionnaires’ disease.



Legionnaires' tests after Lincoln Prison death

Specialist teams are investigating a possible case of Legionnaires' disease after a man died in Lincoln prison.



Firms face health and safety prosecution after legionnaires outbreak

Five companies face prosecution over breaches of health and safety legislation following an outbreak of legionnaires disease in Edinburgh.



Premature babies at risk after superbug infiltrates Monash Children's Hospital

A potentially fatal superbug has infiltrated the newly opened Monash Children's Hospital, spreading to eight babies receiving special care at the facility.



Exclusive: Father nearly dies after contracting Legionnaires' from potting mix

Sydney father-of-two Jeremy Mitchell isn't much of a gardener but when his 10-year-old daughter Erica wanted to plant some flowers, he thought it would be a fun bonding activity.



Sonoma County woman is first death in four cases of Legionnaire’s disease this year

Sonoma County Public Health officials said Monday a Sonoma County resident recently died of Legionnaire’s disease, a severe form of pneumonia caused by exposure to Legionella bacteria.


Legionella found in hospital in northern Israel

Legionella bacteria can cause a pneumonia that is characterized by high fever, headache, diarrhea, muscle pain, chills, increased phlegm and pain throughout the body.



Wokingham Borough Council took Greene King to court

A WAITER who was doused in boiling water has spoken of his life changing injuries as the UK's largest pub company was convicted of health and safety breaches for the first time in its 218 year history.



Engineering firm sentenced for legionella risk

An engineering firm has been fined after failing to adequately control the risk of legionella bacteria arising from the use of a tunnel wash associated with a powder coating process.



Canterbury woman struck down by Legionnaires' fighting for life

Rangiora woman Jillian Wadsworth, with her 11-year-old son, Cade, is in an induced coma after contracting Legionnaires' about a week after gardening.



UPDATE - Legionnaires’ disease outbreak grows linked to Lisbon hospital

In a follow-up on the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at the São Francisco Xavier Hospital in Lisbon, the General Directorate of Health (DGS) is now reporting the number of people affected by the Legionella outbreak is up to 41 people as of Thursday.



Disneyland shuts down 2 cooling towers after Legionnaires' disease sickens park visitors

Disneyland has shut down two bacteria-contaminated cooling towers after Orange County health officials discovered several cases of Legionnaires' disease in people who had visited the Anaheim theme park, authorities said.



Elderly care home residents found to be at risk of Legionella

Residents at a Dewsbury care home were found to be at risk of Legionella when visited by inspectors from the Care Quality Commission.



Pool closed at Lawrenceville YMCA after Legionella concern

Precautions are being taken at a Gwinnett County YMCA after cases of Legionella were reported by some visitors who used the facility.



Portugal: 28 Legionnaires’ disease cases reported at Lisbon hospital

A Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at a Lisbon hospital has now infected 26 patients and two hospital employees, according to Health Minister, Adalberto Campos Fernandes today as reported in a Expresso report (computer translated).



Print Email Facebook Twitter More Deadly legionella bacteria found in Perth Children's Hospital drinking water

A new problem has struck the trouble-plagued Perth Children's Hospital with the potentially deadly legionella bacteria detected during routine water testing, as the Health Department grapples with an ongoing lead contamination issue.



Search for source of Legionnaires’ disease as three elderly men fall ill

THREE men have been struck down by Legionnaires’ disease at a retirement village in western Sydney, prompting public health officers to launch an investigation into the source of the infection.



New York City health officials probe Legionnaires' cluster in Flushing, Queens

FLUSHING, Queens (WABC), New York City health officials are investigating a cluster of Legionnaires' disease in Queens.



Residents moved from Lawford sheltered housing over legionella fears

Twelve people have been moved out of a sheltered housing scheme in north Essex over fears of legionella at the site.



Increase in cases of Legionnaires' disease in Palmanova, Mallorca

Recent rise recorded in number of cases of Legionnaires' disease in people who have travelled to Palmanova, in Mallorca, Spain



Round Rock hotel permitted to reopen after Legionnaires' disease outbreak

UPDATE: After an outbreak of six confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease, a Round Rock hotel was able to reopen most of its building at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, according to KVUE's media partners at the Austin-American Statesman.



5th Legionnaires' Disease confirmed at Round Rock hotel

SpringHill Suites in North Round Rock remains closed while health officials test for the cause of a legionnaires' disease outbreak. The Williamson County Health District reports five people have become sick since june.



Nottingham resident gets legionnaires' disease after hotel stay

A Nottingham resident has contracted a rare but potentially life-threatening disease from staying in a hotel room.



Suspected Legionnaires' disease case in ECMC patient leads to water restrictions

Suspected Legionnaires' disease in a patient at Erie County Medical Center prompted testing that found slightly elevated levels of Legionella bacteria in the hospital's water system.



Severn Trent issue 'no drinking water warning'

Severn Trent Water has issued a warning to customers in the Tenbury Wells area of Worcestershire not to drink their water supply.



Testing finds Legionella in hospital water

ELEVEN samples collected from Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service facilities tested positive for the Legionella bacteria in the past six months.



Stainless steel sinks may up your risk of legionnaires’ disease

A combination of rusty water and stainless steel taps, or faucets, can put people at risk of life-threatening legionnaires’ disease.



2 Legionnaires' Disease Cases Confirmed In Maple Grove

MAPLE GROVE, MN — The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is working with Hennepin County Public Health, the city of Maple Grove and other partners to investigate two cases of Legionnaires’ disease in residents at the SilverCreek on Main facility in Maple Grove. The facility provides memory care, assisted living and independent living services.



Legionnaires' Disease Kills 1, Infects Another at Forest Hills High-Rise

FOREST HILLS — A Legionnaires' disease outbreak killed one person and infected another in the Parker Towers complex over a two-month period, officials said.



Water in Ohio State University dorm being tested for Legionnaires' disease

The Ohio State University shut down almost all of the water fountains in a dorm on campus after a student contracted Legionnaires' disease.



Legionnaires' disease bacterium: Further tests at Newtownabbey school

Further samples are due to be taken from a County Antrim school where bacterium which can cause Legionnaires disease has been discovered.



Fatal Legionnaires' outbreak at Ludlow hotel

A hotel guest has died after contracting Legionnaires disease and another fell ill following a stay at the same place, it has been revealed.



Trafford care home branded 'inadequate' put residents at risk of Legionnaire's disease

Elderly residents were put at risk of catching Legionnaires disease at an inadequate care home.

Urmston Manor in Trafford also failed to improve fire safety after being told it required immediate improvement more than 12 months ago.



Two Cases Of Legionnaires’ In Rego Park

The city Department of Health announced that there have been two cases of Legionnaires disease in the same Rego Park apartment building.



Multiple cases of Legionnaires' Disease force action against local hotel

Continued health concerns have prompted the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District to issue a control order against a Lacy Lakeview hotel, officials announced Friday.



Legionella detected at Melbourne hospital

Highly infectious Legionella bacteria has been found in wet areas at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital.



Lurking danger in Thurrock’s hosepipes

THE UK’s leading plumber accreditation body is warning householders in Essex that the humble hosepipe could be a danger to their drinking water – as well as exposing them to the risk of developing Legionnaires’ disease.



Two people got Legionnaire's disease at Dallas King Spa, lawsuit says

A lawsuit has been filed against King Spa in Dallas by two people who say they contracted Legionnaires' disease after visiting the 24-hour Korean spa.



Outbreak of Legionnaires' disease across the US as new figures show a 450% increase in cases over the past 15 years

Cases of Legionnaires' disease have been appearing across the United States in the past few weeks.



73 new cases of Legionnaires\' disease found throughout Metro Detroit

LANSING - Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services announced on Friday that officials are investigating a spike in Legionnaire's disease cases in Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties.



BAMC employees test positive for bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease

Brooke Army Medical Center has relocated some of its staff after two employees who work in an adjacent building tested positive for the type of bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease, which can be fatal.



3 ill with Legionnaires’ disease

 The Centre for Health Protection is investigating three cases of Legionnaires’ disease.



The WMS re-register with the LCA

The Water Management Society have successfully re-registered with the LCA for 2017/2018 for training services.

WMS City & Guilds Accredited Training

The WMSoc training programme has just gained its City & Guilds accreditation for 2017-2018!

Ontario: Hamilton reports increase in Legionella cases

City of Hamilton's Public Health Services is investigating several cases of Legionnaires' disease. Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia that is caused by legionella, a bacterium found primarily in warm water environments.



2 Residents of Queens Apartment Building Hospitalized With Legionnaires' Disease: Officials

Two residents of an apartment building in Flushing were hospitalized after they contracted Legionnaires disease, and one of them is still being treated as the city tests the building’s water supply, health officials said.



BSI - Plastic pipe standards

Please note that the plastic pipe standards are up for public comment (BS EN ISO 15874 series):



Water at Westminster Towers tests positive for Legionella bacteria

The water at Westminster Towers retirement community has tested positive for the bacteria that causes Legionnaires disease, according to the Florida Department of Health in Orange County.



Harlow G4S fail to overturn £1.8 million fine after worker contracts Legionnaires' disease

A Harlow company that failed to protect workers from contracting a serious lung infection has lost a court appeal.



Widow's plea over Legionnaire's warning on compost bags

The widow of the first Scot to contract Legionnaires disease from compost has made an emotional plea for stronger warning labels on bags.



European technical guidelines for the prevention, control and investigation of infections caused by Legionella species (PDF Download)

European Technical Guidelines 2017: minimising the risk from Legionella infections in building water systems.



Deadly Legionnaire’s disease found in showers at barracks of Queen's Buckingham Palace guards where hundreds of soldiers live

The legionella bug - which thrives in water droplets - was discovered at Victoria Barracks in Windsor where there are 60 showers used by 300 soldiers.



Gardener, 63, killed by his garden hose after inhaling deadly Legionnaires’ disease from stagnant water that had been baked by the sun

A WIDOW has warned gardeners to be wary after her husband died from Legionnaires disease thought to have been contracted from a hosepipe.



Legionnaires' Disease Kills 1, Hospitalizes 6 on UES, Health Dept. Says

LENOX HILL — A Legionnaires disease outbreak has killed one person and infected six others in in the Lenox Hill area around Third Avenue and East 70th Street, according to Department of Health officials.



Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease Are Occurring Across the U.S. What Is It, and Are You at Risk?

You have probably been seeing an increase in Legionnaires disease coverage in the news lately. Legionnaires was blamed for the illnesses of four L.A. Fitness gym members in Florida late last month, and a New York City police officer is currently in the hospital recovering from Legionnaires as well. (Fellow cops were warned not to shower at a precinct in East Harlem, where traces of the bacteria that causes the disease were found.)



Bacteria Behind Legionnaires’ Disease Found at New York Police Station

Traces of the bacteria that cause Legionnaires disease have been found in the water at a Manhattan police station where an officer who recently fell ill works, the police and health officials said on Sunday.



Infants born in water births at risk of Legionnaires’ disease, CDC says

Babies born during water births are at risk of contracting Legionnaires disease, a severe and potentially life-threatening form of pneumonia that infected two infants in Arizona last year.



Plumbing In Hospitals And Nursing Homes Can Spread Legionnaires' Disease

Nursing homes and hospitals need to do more to protect their patients from catching Legionnaires disease from contaminated water systems in their buildings, federal health officials warned Tuesday.



Deadly Legionnaires bug is lurking in 1.5million British homes: Researchers warn killer disease is on the rise - and showers could be to blame

Showers in homes across Britain are contaminated with a deadly bug that kills dozens of people a year, Government experts warn.



'Probable' case of Legionnaires disease in Rutland

Public Health England (PHE) says they along with Rutland County Council, they are investigating a probable case of Legionnaires disease from the Langham area.



Foothill Ranch pool and spa closed after two diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease

The community pool and spa at Foothill Ranch was closed Friday, May 12, after two cases of Legionnaires disease were reported in the last two months, community officials said.



Outbreak of deadly Legionnaires’ Disease in Melbourne and Adelaide leaves seven people hospitalised

An alarming outbreak of Legionnaires Disease in Melbourne and Adelaide has been linked to industrial cooling towers in both of the cities.



Retirement community takes precautions after former resident contracts Legionnaires' disease

Hundreds of people living in the Westminster Towers retirement community in downtown Orlando have been warned to take precautions after a former resident contracted Legionnaires disease, according to the Florida Department of Health.



Aberdeen Maternity hospital revealed as having ‘significant risk’ of Legionella

Four NHS Grampian sites have been listed as being at risk from Legionella – including Aberdeen Maternity hospital.



Onehunga spa pool closed after legionella bacteria detected

A spa pool at the Auckland Council-owned Onehunga War Memorial Pool and Leisure Centre has been closed following the detection of legionella bacteria.



Flying to Dubai? Legionnaires' disease warning issued

Travellers have been issued a Legionnaires disease warning after an Irish person contracted the disease on a recent visit to Dubai, international news reports said.



Legionella bacteria forces renos of Canada's London flats

The discovery of the bacteria that causes Legionnaires disease in the apartments used by Canadian diplomats in London is expected to cost taxpayers about $500,000 to fix.



Legionnaires' deaths: JTF admits health and safety breaches

A firm has admitted a health and safety breach after an outbreak of Legionnaires disease in a hot tub caused the deaths of three men.



Legionnaires’ disease diagnosed in two inmates at prison hospital in Columbus

The Franklin Medical Center prison hospital in Columbus has been hit with an outbreak of Legionnaires disease, with two inmates diagnosed so far.



3 Cases Of Legionnaires Disease Confirmed By Shelby County Health Department In Whitehaven

(SHELBY COUNTY HEALTH DEPT RELEASE) - MEMPHIS, TN – The Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) received laboratory confirmation of three individuals diagnosed with Legionnaires Disease. With the reported cases, health officials began an investigation and have temporarily closed the aquatics facilities of The Guest House at Graceland, 3600 Elvis Presley Blvd., 38116.




More than 76 percent of Legionnaires disease cases acquired from Legionella exposure in health care facilities can be particularly harsh, including possible fatal risks to patients, according to a report released today from the CDC.



Warning over ‘life-threatening’ Legionella outbreak at baby deaths hospital

A HOSPITAL at the centre of a probe into series of infant deaths requires an urgent overhaul of its pipework to avoid a “life-threatening” outbreak of deadly Legionella bacteria.



Legionella class action may have more defendants

An outbreak of a rare disease in 2012 caused 14 deaths in Quebec City – the cause was soon linked to poor maintenance of building cooling towers.

Five years later, victims of a class-action lawsuit still don’t know who to hold responsible.



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2nd NYPD Officer From East Harlem Precinct Contracts Legionnaires' Disease

A second police officer from a local NYPD stationhouse has been diagnosed with Legionnaires disease this month, the precincts commanding officer confirmed Friday.



Current HSE position on quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) in the management of legionella risks

Current HSE position on quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) in the management of legionella risks



Legionnaires' disease monthly surveillance reports: 2017 - GOV.UK

Legionnaires disease monthly surveillance reports 2017 - GOV.UK



No FAI into Scotland’s worst Legionnaires outbreak in a decade

Survivors of a Legionnaires disease outbreak that killed four people have been told there will be no fatal accident inquiry into the deaths.



Senior citizens exposed to Legionnaires' disease

One hundred residents living inside a Reynoldsburg senior apartment complex are being warned not to drink the tap water or shower after five neighbors have been diagnosed with Legionnaries’ disease within the past year.



Deadly infection spread by contaminated heart surgery machines

People undergoing heart surgery may be getting infected with a deadly strain of bacteria, spread by machines used to cool blood.



Deadly bacteria spread by hospital sinks of ‘grave concern’

A growing number of cases of a bloodstream infection dubbed the “nightmare bacteria” should be of increasing concern for the health service, nurse infection control experts have warned.



Verdict for plaintiffs in S. Whitehall Legionnaire's disease outbreak

A Lehigh County jury on Wednesday handed down a verdict in favor of several families who said they lost loved ones due to a Legionnaire's disease outbreak at a South Whitehall medical facility in 2013.



Ocoee gym being examined after 3 sickened by Legionnaire's disease, officials say

Officials were investigating an Ocoee gym Wednesday after three people who used the facility recently came down with Legionnaires’ disease.



Case of Legionnaires' disease discovered at Austin Hospital

A case of Legionnaires' disease has been discovered at a major hospital in Melbourne's north-east.



Almost untreatable superbug CPE poses serious threat to patients, doctors warn

Immune to some of the last-line antibiotics available to hospitals, cases of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae are on the rise, NHS data reveals.



Beaconsfield mayor says arena safe to enter again

Nearly two weeks after the Beaconsfield Arena was temporarily closed due to a legionella contamination, Mayor Georges Bourelle says the arena is once again safe to enter.



Updated: Hot water shut off at 12 U of Windsor buildings after legionella discovered

The University of Windsor has heard no reports of illness linked to the discovery of legionella bacteria in the hot water systems at three of its buildings, a spokesman said Thursday.



Hiroshima man infected with hot spring bacteria dies

HIROSHIMA -- A man in his 50s has died from pneumonia contracted from Legionella pneumophila bacteria he contracted at a hot spring in Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, the prefectural government revealed on March 25.



Legionnaires’ disease outbreak linked to Melbourne CBD

An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease possibly linked to building cooling towers in Melbourne's CBD is being investigated by health authorities.



Legionella bacteria's escape route revealed

The precise mechanism used by Legionella bacteria to escape the bodys defences has been unpicked in intricate detail and is described for the first time in the journal eLife.



Is Legionellosis Present and Important in Colombia? An Analyses of Cases from 2009 to 2013

Legionellosis is an infectious disease caused by the gram-negative bacilli, Legionella pneumophila and other species belonging to the genus Legionella. It causes two types of conditions that vary in severity; a mild illness called Pontiac fever and the potentially fatal Legionnaires disease. Both occur most frequently in elderly patients, people with immunosuppressive conditions as well with the history of a bronchial disease or exposed to various risk factors such as smoking.



UPDATED: Kennett High School closed after legionella bacteria found in water system

Kennett High School was ordered closed Friday, April 7, after routine testing of the hot water systems at Kennett High School, a positive test result for legionella bacteria was confirmed.



Water Market Open

The water market has opened for business customers in England. This means you can now choose who supplies your water, waste services and surface drainage. Know your options by visiting the Open Water website. There is no rush to switch and your current supply will continue as normal. But we believe competition will drive up services and standards in the water market. The industry consumer body, Consumer Council for Water (CCWater) provides advice and support to small businesses, including those that have been unable to resolve complaints with their new water retailer.

New European Parliament legionella outbreak

The moment when Legionnaires Disease hits the European Parliament, via the presence of legionella bacterium in the Parliament’s Brussels water system, and everyone puts their hands up in the air and looks shocked.



Thames Water fined £20m for sewage spill

Thames Water has been fined a record £20m after pumping nearly 1.5 billion litres of untreated sewage into the River Thames.



Pittsburgh VA extends water restrictions at Oakland facility due to Legionella

The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System has extended water restrictions at its University Drive location in Oakland due to the discovery of Legionella bacteria.



Legionella bacteria found at two Allegheny County nursing facilities

Legionella bacteria have been detected in water systems at two Kane Regional nursing facilities, prompting new restrictions, Allegheny County officials said Friday.



Global priority list of antibiotic-resistant bacteria to guide research, discovery, and development of new antibiotics

The World Health Organization was requested by Member States to develop a global priority pathogens list (global PPL) of antibiotic-resistant bacteria to help in prioritizing the research and development (R&D) of new and effective antibiotic treatments.



Sports centre wash facilities closed after discovery of potentially deadly bacteria

Legionella bacteria was discovered at Linford Christie Stadium towards the end of 2016, a council document has revealed.



CALL FOR PAPERS: IBBS 17 in Manchester, UK

Submission of Abstracts – Please submit your oral presentation or poster abstracts through our online portal –



EU Biocides Regulation 528/2012 (EU BPR) – ECHA Public consultations on five biocidal active substances as potential candidates for substitution

Under the EU Biocides Regulation 528/2012 (EU BPR), if the evaluating Competent Authority concludes in its evaluation that an active substance meets the criteria for substitution of Article 10 (1) of EU BPR, before submitting its opinion to the Commission on the approval or renewal of the approval of an active substance, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) will make publicly available information on the active substances identified as potential candidates for substitution.



Proposed Changes to Workplace Exposure Limits for Aniline used in the manufacture of agrochemicals

HSE are trying to establish the likely impact to industry of introducing changes to Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) for Aniline proposed for inclusion in the 5th list of Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values...



Investigation of Mycobacterium chimaera infection associated with cardiopulmonary bypass: updated guidance published

Investigation of Mycobacterium chimaera infection associated with cardiopulmonary bypass: updated guidance published



Legionnaires’ disease in England and Wales: 2015

Official Statistics: Legionnaires' disease in England and Wales: 2015



'It was incredibly scary': Woman slipped into a two-week coma after contracting Legionnaires' Disease from POTTING MIX she was using to plant succulents

A woman from Waikato, New Zealand, is warning about the dangers of using potting mix without a face mask, after she went into a two-week coma and nearly lost her life.



40th WEDC International Conference: Paper deadline reminder

A message from the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough University, UK

Please be reminded that the deadline for the receipt of papers for this years international conference is next Friday - 24th February 2017.

Thank you to all of you who have managed to submit your papers already. We look forward to another interesting conference in July on the conference theme:

Local Action with International Cooperation to Improve and Sustain Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Services



Country Meadows water clear, restrictions lifted after case of Legionnaires’ disease

Residents at Frederick’s Country Meadows Retirement Community can drink from taps again after a test came back showing no trace of Legionella bacterium in the water system.



Harrison Medical Center responding to case of Legionnaires' disease

Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton is taking steps to eliminate bacteria from its water system after a case of Legionnaires' disease was confirmed at the hospital.



Hawthorn Drive GP Practice in Ipswich rated ‘inadequate’ by CCQ after identifying legionella and hepatitis shortfalls

An Ipswich GP practice has been rated "inadequate" by health inspectors after they found patients were at risk of harm due to failures to act on safety assessments.



Faltec Legionnaires' Disease and explosion cases to be heard next month

Charges against a Boldon company relating to an outbreak of potentially deadly Legionnaires Disease and a fire in which an employee was injured will be heard next month.



Laboratory reports of respiratory infections in England and Wales: weeks 1 to 4, 2017

Laboratory reports of respiratory infections in England and Wales: weeks 1 to 4, 2017



NEW HSE Guidance for Spa Pools

NEW HSE Guidance for Spa Pools. Control of legionella and other infectious agents in spa-pool systems is now available to download from the HSE website.



Man dies in new Legionnaire's outbreak

A man who was among seven people infected in a fresh outbreak of Legionnaires' disease died today, health officials said.



SA Health urges air conditioning clean-out after spike of legionnaires' disease in Adelaide

Hundreds of air conditioning units across buildings in Adelaides CBD and inner-city suburbs are being checked, after a spate of legionnaires' disease cases in the past week.



Guidance for HPTs on investigation of LD cases, clusters and outbreaks

Guidance for HPTs on investigation of LD cases, clusters and outbreaks.



Laboratory reports of respiratory infections made to PHE from PHE and NHS laboratories in England and Wales: weeks 48 to 52, 2016

Laboratory reports of respiratory infections made to PHE from PHE and NHS laboratories in England and Wales: weeks 48 to 52, 2016.



Witham Health Centre GP surgery closed due to water contamination

A SURGERY has had to relocate as bacteria contaminated the water.

The surgery at the Witham Health Centre remains closed from December 30, as legionella bacteria was found in one of the taps.



Pool, Spa Closed At Garden City Park Gym After Legionella Discovery

GARDEN CITY PARK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) A Legionella scare has struck a popular gym in Garden City Park, Long Island.



Legionella bacteria found in Parliament

Parts of the Parliament building in Valletta have been isolated after legionella was found during “routine tests” soon before Christmas.



7 county workers file suit because of illness

Legionnaires’ bacteria was at Job and Family Services.



Root Causes of Toxic Lead and Legionella in Flint, Michigan Water

The toxic lead content in the municipal water supply of Flint, Michigan has been presented prominently in the media for almost two years.



Legionella-hit leisure centre to reopen late January

A LEISURE centre which closed following the discovery of deadly legionella bacteria will not now reopen before the end of January.



Predatory bacteria can wipe out superbugs, says study

Predatory bacteria - that eat others of their kind - could be a new weapon in the fight against superbugs, say UK researchers.



Hospital fined after safety failings led to dementia patient’s death

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has been fined £366,000 after the death of a patient on a specialist dementia ward.



PHE (8 December 2016). Quarterly Epidemiological Commentary: Mandatory MRSA, MSSA and E. coli bacteraemia, and C. difficile infection data (up to July-September 2016).

E. coli bacteraemia
The counts and rates of all reported E. coli bacteraemia has increased steadily since the inception of mandatory surveillance of E. coli bacteraemia in July 2011 (figure 5). There has been an increase of 31% (8,275 to 10,864 cases) and 28% (61.7 to 78.8 cases per 100,000 population) in the counts and rates of all reported E. coli bacteraemia between July-September 2011 and July-September 2016, with seasonal peaks generally reported between July and September each year. This overall increase has also been observed in the most recent quarters. Between July-September 2015 and July-September 2016, there was an 8% increase in both counts (10,087 to 10,864 cases) and rates (73.1 to 78.8 cases per 100,000 population) of all reported cases. Over the same period (July-September 2015 to July-September 2016), the rate of all E. coli bacteraemia reported in England was higher among females (74.0 cases per 100,000 population) compared to males (69.6 cases per 100,000 population).


Legionnaires' disease identified at hospital in Gloucester

A patient may have become infected with Legionnaires' disease while at a hospital's dialysis unit.



Patient at Kane McKeesport Center tests positive for Legionella

A resident of Kane McKeesport Center has tested positive for Legionella, officials said today.

Dennis Biondo, executive director of Kane Regional Centers, said the center learned Tuesday that the patient, who has not left the facility since July, tested positive for Legionella.



Engineers design a new weapon against bacteria

CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Over the past few decades, many bacteria have become resistant to existing antibiotics, and few new drugs have emerged. A recent study from a U.K. commission on antimicrobial resistance estimated that by 2050, antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections will kill 10 million people per year, if no new drugs are developed.



Chaves County hit with 6 cases of Legionnaire’s disease

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Six Chaves County residents have developed confirmed cases of Legionnaire’s disease since early October, and two have died, state health officials said Thursday.



Legionella infection alert

Gardeners and spa pool owners are being warned to protect themselves against serious illness caused by Legionella bacteria.



Retirement community takes precautions after resident contracts Legionnaires' disease

A resident of the newest building at Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville has been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease, a potentially deadly respiratory illness.



Laboratory reports of respiratory infections made to PHE Colindale from PHE and NHS laboratories in England and Wales, weeks 44-47/2016

Laboratory reports of respiratory infections made to PHE Colindale from PHE and NHS laboratories in England and Wales, weeks 44-47/2016



Warning that 'warm water' systems in apartment buildings pose legionella risk

Leading plumbers fear many of Melbourne's new apartment buildings pose a legionella bacteria risk due to their energy-efficient "warm water" systems.



Prison aware of Legionella in water

Three months before SCI-Pittsburgh's medical director died from what was apparently Legionnaires' disease, corrections officials learned the North Side prison had a Legionella problem, according to heavily redacted records the Department of Corrections released in response to a Tribune-Review Right-to-Know request



One dead after outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Ohio

EASTLAKE, Ohio - One person is dead after an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Lake County, Ohio. There are a total of 12 confirmed cases.



One Dead, at Least 10 Sick after Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak

One person is dead and more than 10 others ill after an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Lake County, Ohio. There are a total of 12 confirmed cases.



Legionella found in Brackenridge nursing home

A Brackenridge nursing home has the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease in its water system and someone connected to the facility has been sickened with the severe form of pneumonia.



HPR volume 10 issue 37: news (28 October)

Legionnaires’ disease in England and Wales: annual report for 2015



Biophotonic sensor aims to identify pathogen in under an hour

The risk of catching Legionnaires’ disease could be reduced with a biophotonic light sensor being developed by researchers in the EU.



Laboratory reports of respiratory infections made to PHE from PHE and NHS laboratories in England and Wales: weeks 40 to 43, 2016

Laboratory reports of respiratory infections made to PHE from PHE and NHS laboratories in England and Wales, weeks 40 to 43, 2016



Somerset nursing home confirms legionella bacteria was found in water system

A Somerset nursing home has confirmed that traces of legionella bacteria were found in their water system.

Increase in the number of patients notified with Legionnaires’ disease

2015 saw 20% more registered cases of legionella pneumonia in Denmark than the previous year.



Wesley Health Center says water test results find 5 positive tests for Legionella bacteria

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Two weeks ago, it started as just four cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Saratoga Springs. The New York State Department of Health now confirms they are investigating 15 cases, including two deaths.



Legionnaires' disease potentially linked to Saratoga Springs nursing home

Three former residents and one staff member at the Wesley Health Care Center have contracted Legionnaires' disease, officials at the nursing home said Friday (21/10/16).



New case of Legionella illness in Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH — Legionella bacteria has been blamed for another case of pneumonia that required hospitalization.

That person is the fourth to need hospital care for illness caused by the bacteria in the past week or so.



Patients' DNA tested to ID source of 8 Legionnaires' disease cases, including a death

LOCKPORT - DNA testing and surveys of cooling towers within a two-mile radius of Eastern Niagara Hospital are part of the investigation of the source of the bacteria that caused eight known cases of Legionnaires' disease in Lockport late this summer, including at least one death.



Novel Legionella bacteria named by Clemson undergraduates

The Clemson family has gained a new namesake: Legionella clemsonensis, a novel strain of the Legionella bacteria, the most common cause of waterborne bacterial outbreaks in the United States.



LCA Open Day 2016 presentation by Elise Maynard

Available for all, Elise Maynard's presentation at the LCA Open Day 2016.



29-Year-Old Legionnaires' Patient Talks About Recovery, 1st Lawsuit Filed

The first lawsuit has been filed related to the outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Hopkins.



Royal Caribbean Passenger Contracts Legionnaires On Majesty Of The Seas

A Royal Caribbean passenger who sailed on the Majesty of the Seas last November contracted Legionnaires' disease during his cruise.



Plant worker diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV says an employee at its Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit has been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease.



Bacteria That Cause Legionnaires' Disease Found in American Airlines Maintenance Hangars

Low levels of the bacteria that cause Legionnaires' disease have been found in the water at four American Airlines maintenance hangers at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.



Health officials identify source of Hopkins Legionnaires’ disease outbreak

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) today announced that it has identified the likely source of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Hopkins as a set of cooling towers at Citrus Systems, Inc., located at 415 11th Avenue South, Hopkins.



Laboratory reports of respiratory infections made to PHE from PHE and NHS laboratories in England and Wales: weeks 35 to 39, 2016

Laboratory reports of respiratory infections made to PHE Colindale from PHE and NHS laboratories in England and Wales, weeks 35-39/2016



Grandfather, 86, died of 'suspected Legionnaires' Disease' while living in £1,000-a-week BUPA care home

An 86-year-old man died of suspected Legionnaires' Disease while at a £1,000-a-week BUPA care home, his family claim.



CFPP 01-06 has reverted to the Health Technical Memorandum title format and now becomes Health Technical Memorandum 01-06

CFPP 01-06 has reverted to the Health Technical Memorandum title format and now becomes Health Technical Memorandum 01-06.



Comment on our proposed changes to risk assessment guidance

HSE wants to make some changes to our current guidance on risk and we want to hear what you think before we publish it. Please take some time to read our draft guidance and complete a short questionnaire.



Edinburgh charitable company sentenced over injury to service user

A limited company providing housing support services for vulnerable adults and children has been sentenced after a service user was burnt at one of its properties.



Presentation from EIH Conference by Elise Maynard

View the EIH Conference presentation by Elise Maynard on the 28th September 2016

Decontamination & Infection Control
Improving the Quality of the NHS Estate in Line with the New HTM 04-01



Legionella bacteria discovered at Winnipeg’s Victoria Hospital, experts say not to worry

WINNIPEG — The presence of legionella bacteria, which can potentially lead to deadly Legionnaires’ Disease, has been discovered within some water taps of Victoria Hospital in Winnipeg. But medical officials say it poses no ongoing threat to patients.



Better water system maintenance needed to prevent Legionnaires' disease outbreaks

New toolkit offers practical tips for reducing germ’s growth, spread in building water systems.



3 with Legionnaires' disease after hotel stay

BLOWING ROCK, N.C. - The North Carolina Division of Public Health is investigating after three people came down with Legionnaires' Disease following a stay at a popular hotel.



New BSI draft available for comment on the Draft Review website

New BSI draft available for comment on the Draft Review website.
Identifier: ISO 20760-1
Title: Water reuse in urban areas - Guidelines for centralized water reuse system - Part 1: Design principle of a centralized water reuse system
Expiry date: 29/10/2016



Operating-room machines test positive for Legionella at UW Medicine

Bacteria that cause Legionnaires’ disease have been detected in University of Washington Medical devices used to heat and cool patients during heart surgery, the same type of machines linked to different types of deadly outbreaks in other hospitals.



Testing the waters: Legionnaires’ disease and the Olympics

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be exploring the molecular methods that enable scientists to investigate disease outbreaks, often in real time. This week, research from the Journal of Medical Microbiology on dealing with outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease.



PHE annual conference proceedings

More than 50 e-posters relating to the health protection sessions at this week’s PHE annual conference held at Warwick University are available for viewing on-line (after a simple registration procedure) via the website:

Also, many slides from the main conference health protection sessions are available (in PDF format) via the conference website (clicking through to the relevant session details, and then on the presentation title to find slides which have been made available by presenters).

Links to videos of some of the sessions will be added shortly.

Man with Legionnaires' disease fighting for life

Hopkins, Minn. USA. - A Twin Cities man is fighting for his life after contracting Legionnaires’ disease.



Legionnaires’ disease investigation underway

The Minnesota Department of Health is working with Hennepin County Public Health officials to investigate a cluster of five confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease in people who live or work in Hopkins, Minn, USA.



New papers on Microbiology of the Built Environment, September 10, 2016

Studying the 5 second rule, antibiotic resistance genes in indoor dust and sewers, Legionella in the air, and water treatment.



MN officials confirm 5 Legionnaires' disease cases in Hopkins

State health officials have confirmed five cases of Legionnaires' disease in people who live or work in Hopkins and are investigating the source of the outbreak.



Respiratory infections: laboratory reports August 2016

Respiratory infections, including legionnaires' disease (August, 2016)



Beth Israel Patient Diagnosed With Legionnaires' Disease, Hospital Says

A patient at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital came down with Legionnaires' disease last month and the bacteria that causes the deadly respiratory illness was found in several areas of the hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman.



Estates in Healthcare - 28 September 2016 - Grand Hall, Olympia, London

Estates in Healthcare


Date: Wednesday 28th September 2016

Location: Grand Hall, Olympia, London, W14 8UX


The Estates in Healthcare (EIH) show brings together the leaders, specialists and partners responsible for the management of estates and facilities across the whole of the NHS. Through dedicated networking, collaboration and communication, the vent will address the key issues and challenges affecting the sector whilst sharing best practice examples that can deliver real change to the NHS.


In 2016, EIH will be co-located with four other leading healthcare events as part of the new UK Health Show, bringing together over 5,000 healthcare providers, commissioners and professionals:


  • Healthcare Efficiency Through Technology (HETT)
  • Commissioning in Healthcare
  • Procurement in Healthcare
  • Cyber Security in Healthcare


For more information, please visit:

Diagnostic tools for inclusive city-wide sanitation with a focus on faecal sludge management (FSM)

WEDC has collaborated in the development of diagnostic tools for faecal sludge management (FSM). The tools can help government decision-makers, utilities, municipal authorities and develop banks identify actions needed to improve FSM services when planning for inclusive city-wide sanitation services.

To find out more click here:


Emory Workshop on Legionellosis

The entire workshop is available FOR FREE to all via videos through the Emory Center for Public Health Preparedness and Research (CPHPR) website.




Security firm G4S fined £1.8m for water systems safety breaches in Harlow

G4S Cash Solutions (UK) Limited has been fined £1.8m after Harlow Council successfully prosecuted the company for failing to protect its workers from the risk of Legionnaires’ disease.



Webcast, “Lessons to Learn from UCSF Medical Center on Executing a Water Management Program.”


Webcast, “Lessons to Learn from UCSF Medical Center on Executing a Water Management Program.” 


Go to to register.

Michigan's top doc calls Flint legionella situation 'significant threat to public health'

In Flint, Michigan, USA; An affidavit from the state's chief medical executive says there's a "significant threat to the public health" because the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has been blocked from investigating legionella cases at McLaren-Flint hospital since April.



Free registration - 2nd INNOVATION SYMPOSIUM WATER & HEALTH - Paris

8th & 9th December - Paris - Focus on security, prevention, and treatment for Legionella, Pseudomonas, and enterobacteria organized by aqua-tools (France)

Keywords: Legionella pneumophila, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, enterobacteria, prevention, treatment and design of water supply systems, FILT’RAY 2G anti-microbial and anti-Legionella showerhead and faucet filters, comparison of different approaches implemented in France, Europe, and the United States, publication of new recommendations

Initiated by Aqua-Tools, which specializes in water safety, the goal of the “Water use in public buildings” Symposium is to compare different approaches implemented in France, Europe, and the United States and to thereby derive useful information. It will also provide the opportunity, over two and a half days, to take an innovative look at ways to prevent waterborne health risks together with recognized experts whose expertise and experience will help to develop new recommendations, through a technical scientific note that will be presented at the end of the proceedings.

Companies belonging to the British Legionella Control Association (LCA) and The Water Management Society are cordially invited to take part in developing the new recommendations.

 Participating technical experts and international scientists (Simultaneous French-English-French translation)


For more information and the Free registration form click here:




HAI and antimicrobial use point prevalence survey for England, 2016

The latest point prevalence survey (PPS) for England to collect both HAI and AMU data is being conducted by PHE between 5 September and 14 December 2016. It is the fifth PPS to collect HAI data, and the second to also collect data on AMU (ie prescribing levels, doses used and the extent of adherence to guidelines).


Supporting documentation for participants has been published on the PHE website: 

Healthcare associated infections (HAI): point prevalence survey, England.


1976 Philadelphia Legionnaires' disease outbreak

Wikipedia entry - The 1976 Legionnaires Disease outbreak also known as Legion Fever, refers to the first known cases of infection by Legionella pneumophila in the United States.



New infographic examines design responsibilities for minimising the risk of legionella in healthcare

Legionella is a lingering, ever-present bacterium which, in the right breeding conditions poses a significant health risk, causing fever, chills, a cough and shortness of breath and can be potentially fatal. Hospitals are one of the highest risk environments for legionella where the large and complex water systems required is coupled with the more vulnerable conditions of the patients within.



Complaint says legionella investigators blocked from hospital since April

In Flint, Michigan, USA; State health officials say they've been blocked from receiving information about Legionella cases and access to McLaren-Flint hospital since April, according to a Michigan Court of Appeals complaint filed Thursday, Aug. 25.



Roche resumes training, is awaiting results of test for Legionnaires’ disease

Although he is yet to find out if he contracted Legionnaires’ disease around the time of the Rio Olympics, Nicolas Roche has been able to resume training, albeit at a reduced level.

On August 12th Roche stated via Twitter that he had picked up pneumonia and suggested it may have been from bad air conditioning at the Rio Olympics. He competed in the road race there on August 6th, and started feeling symptoms one day later.



Allegheny General Hospital considers new water system

Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, USA, is exploring whether to purchase new water mitigation systems following the detection of Legionella bacteria in two water tanks this year...



Beyond Lead, Flint Water Strongly Tied to Legionnaire's Disease

Corroded pipes full of nutrients for deadly Legionella bacteria; other cities at risk. When Flint, Mich. USA switched its drinking water source in 2014 from Lake Huron to the Flint River, the corrosive river water created ideal growth conditions for deadly Legionella bacteria...



Scholarships for WASH MSc programmes at WEDC, Loughborough University

A message from the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) at
Loughborough University, UK

Loughborough University is ranked 4th amongst UK Universities. To celebrate,
WEDC are offering excellence scholarships for UK-based students studying our
unique programmes in 2016/17: Water and Environmental Management and Water
and Waste Engineering for low- and middle-income countries.

Scholarships are available up to 25 percent of fees, see:



Legionella bacteria, which can cause legionnaires' disease, found in water at Chatham and Clarendon School, Ramsgate

A school water system has been infected with the legionella bacteria. Signs of the bacteria were discovered during an annual check at Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School in Ramsgate.



Flint water crisis investigation turning towards spike in Legionnaires' disease cases

The investigation into the Flint water crisis could soon take a much more serious turn with more serious charges. One possible aspect of the crisis caused a dozen people to die, by contracting Legionnaires’ disease.



APHC warns about importance of Legionella control measures…

Following the death of a patient from Legionnaire's disease at a Sydenham-based hospice and the life-changing side effects suffered by one of its workers, the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) is emphasising the importance of implementing the correct measures for the control of Legionella in public buildings.



Case of Legionnaires’ Disease Confirmed at Connecticut Hospital: BREAKING

A patient at Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown, USA, has been confirmed to have Legionnaires' disease, a bacterial infection that causes pneumonia-like symptoms, the state Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Public Health announced Tuesday.



Remembering the Legionnaires’ Outbreak

Forty years ago, thousands of American Legion members and their wives convened inside a Philadelphia hotel. Within days of returning home, dozens of them had died from a strange respiratory disease, sparking one of the most extensive medical investigations in history in a quest to solve one of the greatest medical mysteries of the 20th century.



Respiratory infections: laboratory reports 2016

Respiratory infections, including legionnaires' disease (June and July).



40 years later, scientist who first discovered Legionnaires' disease is still learning lessons

This month marks the 40-year anniversary of the infamous Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Philadelphia, which, in turn, led to the discovery of the disease itself. 



Legionella: top ten risk factors and how to manage them

Legionella, or Legionnaires’ disease, is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia caused by inhalation of minute droplets of contaminated water containing Legionella bacteria. All manmade hot and cold water systems are likely at some point to provide a favourable environment where Legionella can grow, but with proper management any risk to human health can be kept to a minimum. Here are ten top tips:



39th WEDC International Conference papers now online

Over 120 papers presented at the 39th WEDC International Conference recently held in Kumasi, Ghana are now available to download free of charge from the WEDC Knowledge Base.



Hospice sentenced after Legionella death

A hospice based in Sydenham has been sentenced after a patient died of Legionnaires’ disease and a worker suffered life changing effects as a result of contracting legionnaires disease.



Jury awards $10.7M in scalding death

A Cook County jury has awarded $10.7 million to the estate of a young girl who died after suffering severe burns in scalding bath water.



Audio Time Capsule: The discovery of Legionnaires' disease


Solving the mysteries of infectious diseases requires man power, determination, and, in the case of Legionnaires' disease, pride.



2 Cases of Legionnaires' Disease Found in Harlem Apartment Complex

Harlem — The city’s Department of Health is investigating two cases of Legionnaires' disease at a West Harlem apartment complex, officials have said...



ERS Updates, HPR volume 10 issue 24

Electronic Reporting System (ERS) for enhanced surveillance of carbapenemase-producing Gram-negative bacteria upgraded. The ERS can be accessed at Supporting documentation, including guidance on isolates to be referred for confirmatory testing and a step-by-step user guide can be found on PHE’s Carbapenem Resistance health protection collection webpages.


GO TO: HPR volume 10 issue 24

Cancer Patient Caught Legionnaires’ Disease at Pittsburgh’s Allegheny General Hospital

Matching environmental and medical tests have confirmed that a cancer patient contracted Legionnaires’ disease in May at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Two other “possible” hospital-acquired cases of the dangerous illness have also been revealed to have occurred at around the same time.



Cooling tower regulations now in effect to reduce legionella infection

The New York State Department of Health announced that final regulations protecting against Legionella in every cooling tower, and all general hospitals and residential healthcare facilities in the state have gone into effect.



Care home ordered to pay £40,000 after failing to control Legionella risk

A private care home in Wallasey, Merseyside, has been ordered to pay £40,000 in fines and costs after it failed to manage the risk of elderly residents catching a potentially-fatal strain of pneumonia.



Legionnaires cases traced to Golden Sands Condo in OC

Legionella, the bacteria responsible for the respiratory condition Legionnaires disease, has been found in the tap water of Ocean Citys Golden Sands Condo, the Worcester County Health Department reported.



Update on cases of Legionnaires disease

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (July 11) reported the latest number of cases of Legionnaires disease (LD) in Hong Kong, and stressed the importance of using and maintaining properly designed man-made water systems, and that susceptible groups should strictly observe relevant precautions.



Golden Sands condo guests report Legionnaires Disease

(July 8, 2016) Following their stay at the Golden Sands condominium, 109th Street, last month, two guests have been diagnosed with Legionnaires Disease, a form of pneumonia.



Healthcare company fined after death of elderly resident

A care home company based in Middlesex has been fined after an elderly resident of a Surrey home died from scalding injuries.



The Australian Hospital Engineer Vol 39 No 2 magazine

The Australian Hospital Engineer Vol 39 No 2



Legionnaires Disease Making a Comeback

Legionnaires disease is back on the rise, with several new outbreaks in June alone. A Hawaiian island resort, a Pittsburgh hospital and a Maryland senior-living community are all battling pneumonia-causing Legionella bacteria in their water systems.



Theres A Deadly Problem With Our Water Hardly Anyones Talking About

The Centers for Disease Control announced this month that the number of Legionnaires cases in the U.S. has almost quadrupled over the past 15 years with about 5,000 people being diagnosed with the disease in 2015. Other estimates put that number closer to 18,000. Among these were the more than 120 people sickened in the Bronx, New York, last year, 12 of whom died, plus another 13 killed and dozens more sickened following an outbreak at a state veterans home in Quincy, Illinois.
The CDC says the rise in Legionnaires cases is largely linked to improper water management, most frequently inside buildings that have large water systems, namely hotels, hospitals and other health care facilities. Buildings where the bacteria is present often haven’t used enough disinfectant in their water or have not made needed repairs to filters or other equipment.



Reminder on enhanced surveillance for Legionella longbeachae

Reminder on enhanced surveillance for Legionella longbeachae



Granddad nearly died after getting Legionnaires Disease

Granddad nearly died after getting Legionnaires Disease from dirty shower head while on Thomas Cook break to Greek island.

Pensioner David Townend was rushed to hospital after he was struck down by a severe fever during two-week holiday...



National Women in Engineering Day 2016

As part of National Women in Engineering Day 2016, organised by the Womens Engineering Society, CIBSE has organised a brand new survey to determine who you think is the most inspiring women engineer in history, and who inspires you today.



Flint water improves, but pathogenic forms of Legionella persist

BOSTON — Although citywide monitoring shows an improvement in the water quality in Flint, Michigan, pathogenic forms of Legionella are still being cultured from samples, and researchers say continued vigilance is needed to help prevent another outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease as the weather gets warmer.



The immune legions fighting Legionnaires disease

Researchers solve immunity puzzle in lung tissue and reveal previously unknown ‘immune cell circuitry’ as secret weapon in front line defence against Legionella.



Legionella bacteria found at Pittsburgh hospital

The water system at Pittsburghs Allegheny General Hospital is contaminated with Legionella, the bacteria that can cause the deadly Legionnaires disease...



Protecting the Air We Breathe

CDC scientists discovered Legionnaires’ disease in 1976, during one of the largest respiratory disease investigations in U.S. history.


Probable Person-to-Person Transmission of Legionnaires Disease

Legionnaires’ disease is an often severe form of pneumonia that is typically acquired by susceptible persons (e.g., elderly persons and smokers) through inhalation of aerosols that contain legionella species...



Legionella is back

Legionella is a disease that never left. Its always been out there.  Even in New York City, there was recently a Legionella outbreak in the summer of 2015...



Legionnaires outbreaks: Cases nearly quadrupled in 15 years

Cases of Legionnaires disease nearly quadrupled in the United States over a 15-year period, and almost all might have been prevented with the proper use of disinfectant, the right water temperature and other measures...



Laboratory reports of respiratory infections (England and Wales, weeks 18 to 21, 2016 (3 June)

The latest monthly HPR report on laboratory-confirmed respiratory infections in England and Wales.




Legionnaires outbreak: Fifth person diagnosed in Sydney's inner-west

An elderly man has become the fifth person in Sydneys inner-west to be diagnosed with legionnaires disease as the state health department battles to contain the deadly outbreak.


MOSL: no technical barriers to market opening

There are now no technical barriers now standing in the way of the non-household water market from opening, according to Market Operating Services Limited (MOSL) chief executive Ben Jeffs.




JTF store Legionnaires deaths

JTF store owners set to be prosecuted following Legionnaires deaths



Water Management Society Two Day Conference

SAVE THE DATES – Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th June 2016

National Motorcycle Museum West Midlands B92 0EJ


With keynote speaker Lorraine Medcalf – Health and Safety Executive – on HSG274 Part 4 – Spa pools

Also covering HTM 04-01 water systems, rapid microbiology, harvested rainwater, legionella in premise plumbing & closed systems.




HTM 04-01

Revised guidance now published

Safe water in healthcare premises



Sydney LD outbreak

Legionnaires disease: Two more ill as five cooling towers test positive


Legionnaires' case at Auburn nursing home

Legionnaires case prompts Auburn nursing home to restrict water use


Leatherhead care home requires improvement

Risks of Legionnaires disease not managed properly at Leatherhead care home.


Nottingham care home boss jailed for manslaughter

Care home boss jailed over the death of an 86-year-old woman.


Flint Water Crisis

Charges against 3 in Flint water crisis


Medical Laboratory Science

The Profession that Saves Lives Every Day – Medical Laboratory Science!


Draft toolkit issued on Legionella

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issues best practices on water management to reduce Legionella growth and spread.



WEDC - WHO Technical Notes for Emergencies

WEDC have prepared Technical Notes for Emergencies for the World Health Organisation.


Free Webinar: Vietnam Water Sector

Vietnam Water Sector Webinar: Opportunities for UK Businesses.
18 May 2016 9:00am BST


Free Webinar: Masters Program in Water Quality Assessment

Free and informative webinar 11 May 2016 19:00hrs BST
Develop your professional career in Water Quality Assessment.


Spa pools and hot tubs on Glamping sites - what you need to know

Article on issues and guidance by David Bebbington FWMSoc.


Poor state of gym changing rooms in Barrow sparks health fears

A WOMAN who survived Legionnaires’ disease has criticised the “disgusting” conditions of the changing facilities at her gym.


Rapid Microbiology 2 - An Update on Techniques

SAVE THE DATE - Thursday 24 November 2016
Royal College of Surgeons, London WC2A 3PE

WMSoc will be presenting this one day conference featuring updates on Rapid Microbiology techniques and including case studies where rapid microbiology has been utilised successfully.

Anti-cancer drugs eliminate Legionnaires' disease

Cancer drugs have shown potential after being repurposed to fight the bacteria responsible for Legionnaires disease.


Elizabethkingia: Deadly disease outbreak in Wisconsin

Health officials are grappling with a major outbreak of deadly bacterial infections in Wisconsin, all caused by Elizabethkingia bacteria.


Webinar: Stagnation in Plumbing Systems

Smart Solutions to Five Common Problems
Live Webinar Event 19 April 8:00am PST


Building Better Healthcare Event

IPCC - Infection Prevention and Containment Conference 2016
12 May, The Belfry Hotel, Nottingham

This one-day conference and exhibition will look at the loss of antibiotics and the future impact on the prevention of infections in hospitals.


RSC one-day meeting

Innovative Applications of Materials Chemistry in Water Treatment; Part1: Removal of Contaminants from Drinking Water.

Wednesday May 11th 2016
Burlington House, London.


Sydney Legionnaires outbreak

Three more people contract Legionnaires' disease after an outbreak in Sydney city centre.


Legionella related risk management in care facilities

The "Guidelines for Legionella Control in the Operation and Maintenance of Water Distribution Systems in Health and Aged Care Facilities" recently endorsed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee are available for download from the SA Health website.

Legionnaires' disease case Bath hospital

Broken pump lead to death from Legionnaire’s disease at Bath hospital


Legionella bug closes Paulton maternity unit

A maternity unit in Somerset has closed after a strain of legionella bacteria was found in the water system.


Legionella found in Queensland hospital

Legionella bacteria found in the water supply of a hospital north of Brisbane has not harmed any patients or staff, Queensland health authorities say.


Invitation to Security of Sales High Risk Chemicals Dissemination Conference

Friday 26th February 10:00 - 12:15  BISCC, 1 Victoria St, London, SW1H 0ET

Legionella bacteria found in Auckland Pool

A pool at Auckland's Tepid Baths has tested positive for Legionella bacteria, forcing it to close temporarily.


Patient died from Legionnaires caught at RUH ward

A patient died from Legionnaires' disease contracted from Bath's Royal United Hospital while being treated for leukaemia, an inquest has heard.


Costa del Sol legionella outbreak

Mijas police fear legionella outbreak


Pseudomonas Training Course - latest updates

WMSoc's upcoming course includes brand new information regarding recommendations on prevention and control of multi-drug resistant Gram-negative bacteria. These include Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, Acinetobacter baumannii, ESBL and CRE.


Detection of Microorganisms in Water Systems

Tuesday 8th March 2016 9:00am

Royal College of Physicians, London NW1 4LE

A one day conference by Latis Scientific featuring professionals discussing a wide range of topics.


APHC issues legionella warning

APHC warns about the importance of legionella training after elderly man died from exposure.


Legionnaires Disease Can Transmit Person-to-Person, Case Suggests

Doctors say Portuguese man appears to have passed the illness to his mother.


Queensland Legionella outbreaks

Hospitals face tougher regulations... READ MORE

Dundee hotel legionella outbreak

Hot tub bug outbreak leads to £54,000 fine for hotel operator.


Council sentenced after legionella death at care home

Reading Borough Council has been fined following an investigation into the death of a pensioner who died from exposure to legionella.


Water Management Society AGM & Dinner

This year’s Water Management Society Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 28th June 2016, 6:30pm at Manor Hotel Meriden, Solihull CV7 7NH. Dinner at 7:30pm.

Hospital Innovations Exhibition & Conference

Wednesday 26th - Thursday 27th April 2016  Olympia, London

This event will bring together key decision makers in hospital management teams who are collectively responsible for the delivery of patient services in the UK.


Public Health England: Health Protection Report

The Health Protection Report is a national public health bulletin for England and Wales,
published by Public Health England.

Laboratory reports of respiratory infections made to PHE from PHE and NHS laboratories in England and Wales: weeks 49 to 53/2015

Specifying Water Treatment for Closed Systems

17th February 2016

Venue: TC Media, 6 Sir Robert Peel Mill, Hoye Walk, Fazeley, Tamworth, Staffs B78 3QD

This event will present the issues surrounding water treatment for closed heating and cooling systems and discuss the need for improving standards within the industry.


30-Minute Demonstration: Configuring a Water Management Plan to Comply with ASHRAE 188

If you have responsibility for a property that needs a water management plan to comply with ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015 or New York laws, register for a free webinar and watch Matt Freije configure a water management plan for a sample New York City office building.


Public Health England: Health Protection Report

The Health Protection Report is a national public health bulletin for England and Wales,
published by Public Health England.

Laboratory reports of respiratory infections made to PHE from PHE and NHS laboratories in England and Wales: weeks 45 to 48, 2015

South Tyneside Legionnaires' disease outbreak

Fresh health probe as fifth worker diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease.


Public Health England: Health Protection Report

The Health Protection Report is a national public health bulletin for England and Wales,
published by Public Health England.

Laboratory reports of respiratory infections made to PHE Colindale from PHE and NHS laboratories in England and Wales (weeks 40-44, 2015)

Stafford Hospital: Mid-Staffs trust charged over deaths

The trust which ran Stafford Hospital is to face criminal charges in connection with the deaths of four patients.


New York Legionnaires' Outbreak

Legionnaires’ Bacteria Regrew in Bronx Cooling Towers That Were Disinfected


Public Health England: Health Protection Report

The Health Protection Report is a national public health bulletin for England and Wales,
published by Public Health England.

Laboratory reports of respiratory infections made to PHE from PHE and NHS laboratories in England and Wales: weeks 36 to 39, 2015

Legionnaires’ disease case in Radstock

Elderly man left hospitalised after contracting Legionnaires' disease.


Public Health England: Health Protection Report

The Health Protection Report is a national public health bulletin for England and Wales,
published by Public Health England.

Laboratory reports of respiratory infections made to PHE from PHE and NHS laboratories in England and Wales: weeks 32 to 35, 2015

Search on for source of new Legionnaires' outbreak at Illinois vet home

There is a concerning development in western Illinois amid an outbreak of the Legionnaires' illness at a veterans home.



Company fined for safety failings leading to risk of Legionella

A steel coating company has been fined for failing to manage the risks from legionella bacteria at two cooling towers over a period of five years.


Coatings firm in court for legionella failings

An international engineering firm, which refurbishes turbine blades, has been fined for failing to manage the risk to public and employees to potentially fatal legionella bacteria.


Rio Water Protest: Flotilla occupies Guanabara Bay

Water "not clean enough" for the Olympics


Q&A: Cryptosporidium

The health service has detected 72 cases of the illness cryptosporidiosis in Gwynedd and Anglesey since the start of October. The National Public Health Service have issued advice on the parasite which causes the stomach bug.


New York Legionnaires' Outbreak: Update

9 more sites in South Bronx test positive for Legionella; no new cases reported in 9 days.


SETRI: Water Safety Plans for Buildings and Industries

SETRI has developed some films to explain Water Safety Plans for buildings and industries, which illustrate the problem of Legionella bacteria.
Watch the films on YouTube

Public Health England: Health Protection Report

The Health Protection Report is a national public health bulletin for England and Wales,
published by Public Health England.

Laboratory reports of respiratory infections from PHE and NHS laboratories (England and Wales): weeks 27-31, 2015

Legionnaires Outbreak Kills Four In New York

Doctors say more cases in the Bronx are likely in the coming days, after five cooling towers became contaminated with bacteria.


Survey on the priorities in HCAI related research

The James Lind Alliance (JLA), in association with the National Institute for Health Research, is undertaking a survey to determine the priorities in healthcare associated infections (HCAI) by understanding which of the different prevention, identification and treatment options for HCAI are effective and make a difference to those affected.  The survey aims to collect research questions from those with or at high risk of HCAI, those who care for them and healthcare professionals who treat, identify and aim to prevent infections.

Participate in the survey

More information about JLA

Florida legionella outbreak

Altamonte Springs hotel guests may have been infected with Legionnaires' disease...


Public Health England: Health Protection Report

The Health Protection Report is a national public health bulletin for England and Wales,
published by Public Health England.

Legionnaires' disease in England and Wales: 2014

Respiratory reports (England and Wales): weeks 23 to 26, 2015

How Much a Facility Really Pays for a Legionella Risk Management Program

This question has come up several times in recent phone conversations and webinars: How much will it cost a facility to implement the type of Legionella water management plan that is outlined by the World Health Organization and Veterans...


New BSRIA Legionella guides set

New publications have been updated to reflect the latest standards and supersede the previous BSRIA legionella guides.


No prosecutions over Edinburgh Legionnaires' outbreak deaths

No-one will be prosecuted over an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Edinburgh which killed four people, the Crown Office has announced.


Public Health England: Health Protection Report

The Health Protection Report is a national public health bulletin for England and Wales,
published by Public Health England.

Respiratory reports (England and Wales): weeks 14 to 17, 2015

Firefighters evacuated from station due to discovery of Legionnaire's disease bacteria

Experts have spent two weeks trying to eradicate the bug from Staines Fire Station


EU SHIPSAN ACT Webinar Series 2015

Health threats related to Maritime Transport.
The EU SHIPSAN ACT Joint Action partnership is organising a series of live webinars on Health Threats related to Maritime Transport. The webinar series will be hosted in the EU SHIPSAN ACT Joint Action e-learning platform and are FREE OF CHARGE.
See our External Events page for more details.

The bacterium that changed our lives - by SETRI

This book has the participation of several professionals and experts in different areas of work where Legionella is an issue of concern.


Public Health England: Health Protection Report

The Health Protection Report is a national public health bulletin for England and Wales,
published by Public Health England.

Respiratory reports (England and Wales): weeks 14 to 17, 2015

Man dies of Legionnaires’ disease after visiting spa in the Netherlands

Around 300 people now thought to be at risk of infection after using the facility.

A 69-year-old Dutchman died of Legionnaires’ disease after visiting a spa in the Netherlands, local media reported on Friday.

As many as 300 people visited the spa in the northern Dutch town of Avenhorn and were at risk of infection, broadcaster RTV Noord-Holland reported, citing local health authorities. No new infections had been discovered since Wednesday, when the man was found to be infected with the bacteria, the report said. Local health officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

One of the largest ever recorded outbreaks of the illness was in the Netherlands in 1999, when 32 people died and more than 200 were infected after visiting a flower exhibition in the town of Bovenkarspel. Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia. It is contracted by breathing in a mist or vapour contaminated with the Legionella bacteria, which can grow in cooling towers, showers and other water sources. People already in poor health are the most vulnerable.

The illness is named for a 1976 outbreak at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia.

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