Legionnaires’ Disease Link to Dubai Confirmed By ECDC

Link Between Travel to Dubai and Legionnaires’ Cases Confirmed by ECDC

A recent spate of cases concerning patients throughout the EU presenting with Legionnaires’ disease has led to a link between these cases and recent travel to Dubai, UAE. While the number of cases presenting is still very small, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has highlighted the link in a recent epidemiological update issued on their website. Learn more...

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Legionnaires disease from gargen hose

Grandfather Dies After Contracting Legionnaires Disease from Garden Hose

A 63-year-old man who died from Legionnaires’ disease in February this year appears to have contracted it via his garden hosepipe. Stephen Clements began developing flu-like symptoms shortly after using the hosepipe in his garden. He had used the hosepipe earlier in the year, and hadn’t emptied the hose once he had finished using it. It appears the hose sat in the sun for a time, with water still inside it. Learn more...

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Historic Ludlow Feathers Hotel Closes After Legionnaires’ Disease Death

A guest who stayed at The Feathers Hotel in Ludlow, Shropshire in July has been confirmed to have died from Legionnaires’ disease, according to recent news reports. She is thought to have been in her sixties, and a resident of Merseyside, and passed away in the middle of August. This follows another case of Legionnaires’ disease suffered by another guest of the same hotel earlier in the year. That case involved a woman in her seventies who was diagnosed with the disease in April, but later recovered from the illness. Learn more...

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UK Hospitals & Candida auris

UK Hospitals Faced with Candida auris, a Drug-Resistant Japanese Fungus

UK health officials have confirmed over 200 hospital patients throughout England have been infected with a Japanese fungus that has proven to be resistant to drugs. The fungus is known as Candida auris and was first identified in Japan. The fungus is referred to as a Japanese fungus because the first case was found in 2009 in a patient in Japan. Learn more...

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What is a Water Safety Group

What is a Water Safety Group or WSG for Hospitals?

The UK’s Department of Health document HTM 04-01 – safe water in healthcare premises (part B), sets of the need for the formation of a team of experts referred to as the Water Safety Group or WSG. In the NHS and other healthcare environments the Water Safety Group describes a team of specialists that collectively has the responsibility for creating, implementing, and maintaining a Water Safety Plan (WSP). This plan or WSP is designed to ensure that the water used in hospitals and similar healthcare settings is safe to use by patients, staff and visitors, and poses minimal risk of infection from waterborne pathogens, i.e. through the presence of legionella bacteria, pseudomonas and other unwanted contaminants. Learn more...

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