7 de ago. de 2012

Vários casos de Legionella

Second death in legionella outbreak

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

A second person has died following an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Stoke-on-Trent, health officials have confirmed today.
A spokesperson for University Hospital of North Staffordshire said: "We can confirm that a man in his 70s has sadly died."
Two further patients remain in hospital and are in a stable or improving condition. The total number of confirmed cases remains at 20.
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said the outbreak is being linked to a hot tub being sold by a warehouse in the city. HPA investigators have visited the JTF Warehouse in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, and the company was co-operating. A statement from the firm said: "JTF is extremely concerned and the product has been withdrawn from all stores."
The HPA said there had been 20 cases in the outbreak. Seven people diagnosed with the disease are in hospital in Stoke-on-Trent and another is in a stable condition in hospital in Leicester, the agency said. All those affected by the disease, which infects the lungs, are aged between their late 40s and mid-70s.


Three Legionnaires' disease sufferers are planning legal action after health officials identified the outbreak's "probable source" in Stoke-on-Trent.
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said there had been 20 reported cases in the city, including two deaths. Nine people remain in hospital.
A hot tub at the JTF Warehouse in Fenton is the focus of investigations.
Law firm Irwin Mitchell said at least 17 of the 20 people who caught the disease had recently visited the store.
Amandeep Dhillon, from the firm, said: "Now that a probable source has been identified the focus must turn to finding out what went wrong so that lessons can be learned to prevent similar outbreaks in future.

Hong Kong

Water from four buildings in Chai Wan has Legionella bugs above threshold
(08-07 14:46)

Samples collected from the cooling towers of four factory buildings in Chai Wan were found with a Legionella bacteria count (LBC) at or above the upper threshold, which is 1,000 colony-forming units per millilitre, the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department said today. Another sample with overwhelming bugs was from a industry complext in Wong Tai Sin.
The department tested a total of 95 water samples collected from cooling towers in 68 buildings across the territory in July.

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