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Andrew Murphy

Andrew Murphy of Lanarkshire was the first Scot known to have contracted Legionnaires’ disease from compost containing Legionella bacteria.  He contracted the illness while using a bag of compost to plant tomatoes and spent 50 days in intensive care as a result of the illness.  Mr. Murphy ultimately died of leukemia after his immune system had been weakened by Legionnaires’ disease.

Now his widow, Margaret is calling for stronger warning labels; “I would not want another family to have to go through what we’ve gone through.  It doesn’t cost a lot, but nobody’s listening.  That just upsets me.”

In New Zealand and Australia, bags of compost have had warnings specific to Legionnaires’ disease; however, bags in Scotland usually only warn people to wear gloves and to wash their hands afterward.

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