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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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3 ill with Legionnaires’ disease

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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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BSI - Plastic pipe standards

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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.)

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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'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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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CDC REPORT: HEALTH CARE FACILITY PATIENTS AT RISK FOR LEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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

Legionnaires disease monthly surveillance reports 2017 - GOV.UK

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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CALL FOR PAPERS: IBBS 17 in Manchester, UK

Submission of Abstracts – Please submit your oral presentation or poster abstracts through our online portal – www.ibbs17.org/abstracts.

 

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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.

 

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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...

 

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

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

 

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Legionnaires’ disease in England and Wales: 2015

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

 

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'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.

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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

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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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7 county workers file suit because of illness

Legionnaires’ bacteria was at Job and Family Services.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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).

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Legionnaires' disease identified at hospital in Gloucester

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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Legionella infection alert

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

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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HPR volume 10 issue 37: news (28 October)

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

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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).

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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LCA Open Day 2016 presentation by Elise Maynard

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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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
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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.

 

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FM Stakeholders kindly asked to assist with research project

"Legionella and water systems in healthcare (HC) facilities ‑ a framework for the built environment and implications for facility management (FM)"

 

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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.

 

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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: http://phe.multilearning.com/.

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Respiratory infections: laboratory reports August 2016

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

 

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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.

 

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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: www.eihshow.co.uk

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.


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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.

“FROM WATERSHEDS TO SHOWER HEADS: A WORKSHOP ON LEGIONELLA RESEARCH AND POLICY”.

 

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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.

 

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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 http://hcinfo.com/160927-ucsf 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.

 

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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:

 

LINK

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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...

 

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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...

 

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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:

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Respiratory infections: laboratory reports 2016

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

 

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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. 

 

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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:

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Audio Time Capsule: The discovery of Legionnaires' disease

AUDIO ARTICLE

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

 

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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...

 

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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 https://cro.phe.nhs.uk/. 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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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The Australian Hospital Engineer Vol 39 No 2 magazine

The Australian Hospital Engineer Vol 39 No 2

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Reminder on enhanced surveillance for Legionella longbeachae

Reminder on enhanced surveillance for Legionella longbeachae

 

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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...

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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...

 

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Protecting the Air We Breathe

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


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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...

 

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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...

 

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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...

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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JTF store Legionnaires deaths

JTF store owners set to be prosecuted following Legionnaires deaths

 

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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.

 

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HTM 04-01

Revised guidance now published

Safe water in healthcare premises

 

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Sydney LD outbreak

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

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Legionnaires' case at Auburn nursing home

Legionnaires case prompts Auburn nursing home to restrict water use

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Leatherhead care home requires improvement

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

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Nottingham care home boss jailed for manslaughter

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

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Flint Water Crisis

Charges against 3 in Flint water crisis

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Medical Laboratory Science

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

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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.

 

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WEDC - WHO Technical Notes for Emergencies

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

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Free Webinar: Vietnam Water Sector

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

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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.

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

Article on issues and guidance by David Bebbington FWMSoc.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Webinar: Stagnation in Plumbing Systems

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

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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.

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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.

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Sydney Legionnaires outbreak

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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Invitation to Security of Sales High Risk Chemicals Dissemination Conference

Friday 26th February 10:00 - 12:15  BISCC, 1 Victoria St, London, SW1H 0ET
Contact: precursorsandpoisons@homeoffice.x.gsi.gov.uk

Legionella bacteria found in Auckland Pool

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

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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.

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Costa del Sol legionella outbreak

Mijas police fear legionella outbreak

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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.

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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.

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APHC issues legionella warning

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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New York Legionnaires' Outbreak

Legionnaires’ Bacteria Regrew in Bronx Cooling Towers That Were Disinfected

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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Rio Water Protest: Flotilla occupies Guanabara Bay

Water "not clean enough" for the Olympics

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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.

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New York Legionnaires' Outbreak: Update

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

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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.


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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...

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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...

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New BSRIA Legionella guides set

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Public Health England: Health Protection Report

The Health Protection Report is a national public health bulletin for England and Wales,
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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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