The town of Bresso in the Lombardy region of Italy hit the headlines in July as an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease claimed several lives.
Do hosepipe bans, the use of water butts and hot weather increase the risks from Legionnaires’ disease in the garden?
Here we take a look at the impact of waterborne illnesses on US healthcare costs and consider whether there are lessons to be learned for the UK and other countries around the world.
Recent investigations suggest 95% of UK garden water butts are contaminated with the potentially deadly Legionella bacteria.
A fatal case of Legionnaires’ disease at an Essex care home in 2015 has resulted in a £3 million fine for BUPA after the Health and Safety Executive prosecuted the company for a series of management failings.
A UK car parts manufacturer based in South Tyneside has received a seven-figure fine following two major incidents at the plant inside a 12-month period. The Health and Safety Executive conducted an investigation into the company following an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease and an explosion that occurred within the same period.
Several notable outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease occurred throughout 2017. Portugal, USA (New York and California), UAE and Spain were among the areas affected. The incident in Dubai, UAE was by far the most serious of these outbreaks.
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 enou
Public Health England (PHE) is reporting on an increase in people who have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, a serious lung infection, following their return from the town of Palmanova in Majorca, Spain. This popular holiday resort is located around 20 minutes away from the nearest airport, offering great beaches and many local attractions.
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.