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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