In this article our healthcare water safety specialists look at the use of birthing pools and consider if they create a risk from Legionnaires’ disease. The article looks at how birthing pools are typically used both in hospitals and at home, what factors can increase legionella risks, and what steps can be taken to keep people safe when using such pools.
If you asked a group of 100 random people which area of their home was most likely to see the most bacteria, what do you think they’d say? Most people would probably think of the bathroom and, more specifically, the toilet. Even though most of us regularly clean the toilet, surely there would be bacteria there more than anywhere else.
Going beyond the immediately visible impact of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, we investigate other, often hidden economic consequences that are all too often overlooked.
An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease discovered in a northern region of Portugal late in 2020 has led to an investigation by the Public Ministry to try and work out the source of the outbreak.