Legionnaires Disease Testing

Legionnaires' Disease Testing and Diagnosis

The importance of Legionnaires’ disease testing to aid early diagnosis cannot be stressed too highly, especially when a patient presents with symptoms that may suggest they have contracted this potentially life-threatening disease.  The disease can present similarly to a severe cold or flu in its early stages. Some patients may be diagnosed with pneumonia, as the bacteria can then progress into the lungs. Anyone who develops such symptoms should see their doctor as a matter of urgency, regardless of whether they are eventually diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease or not. It is highly likely that treatment will be required to combat the infection. Learn more...

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Legionnaires Disease Regulations Failing UKs Ageing Population

Legionnaires' Disease Regulations Failing UK's Ageing Population

A research team from the Brunel University London has revealed there is still a notable risk of Legionnaires’ disease being contracted by the older segment of the population. While current UK regulations and guidelines covering the control of legionella do well at covering the risks posed in health and social care settings such as hospitals and care homes for the elderly, they do not go far enough in protecting those who live independently within the community. Learn more...

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Landlords Guide to Managing Legionnaires’ Disease

Landlords Guide to Managing Legionnaires’ Disease

Under UK law residential landlords have responsibilities to ensure their tenants are not at risk of exposure to legionella bacteria and infection from Legionnaires’ disease. In most cases, a residential landlord renting a small domestic property will need to conduct a legionella risk assessment and nothing more – it’s unlikely there will be a need to carry out water testing. This is because most domestic water systems are considered to present a low risk of legionella exposure; therefore, a risk assessment will normally suffice in most situations. Learn more...

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CQC Compliance for Dentists – Legionella Risk Assessment

CQC Compliance for Dentists – Legionella Risk Assessment

In this paper we briefly examine some of the issues associated with regulatory and Care Quality Commission (CQC) compliance for dentists and dental practices, looking in particular at the need to carry out a legionella risk assessment to control the dangers from Legionnaires’ disease thay may come from water systems including dental waterlines and specialist equipment. Learn more...

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Landlords Legionella Risk Assessment Responsibilities

Controlling Legionnaires' Disease. Landlords Risk Assessment Responsibilities

Landlords, business owners, employers, and those in charge of premises, often referred to as the “duty holder” must choose one or more people to be responsible for handling risk assessments and other health and safety matters associated with the water systems found at their premises or workplace. This is to ensure the health and safety of workers, visitors and others is properly protected. Typically, the process would include the preparation of a comprehensive Legionella risk assessment for the presence and possible dangers posed by exposure to Legionella bacteria and Legionnaires’ disease. Learn more...

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Controlling legionella in cooling towers

Controlling Legionella in Cooling Towers

From a legionella risk management perspective wet cooling towers and evaporative condensers (equipment that use water as part of the cooling process) are considered high risk for various reasons. They have the ability to create and distribute fine water sprays (called aerosols), they process water at elevated temperatures and are often exposed to the atmosphere meaning they can collect organic matter and other debris. All these conditions can significantly increase the potential for the growth and proliferation of Legionella bacteria, sometimes across wide areas, and so raise the risks associated with an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. Learn more...

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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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