According to BBC News, the prevention and control of legionella bacteria remains a “significant concern” for the Basildon University Hospital in Essex County, UK. Three people contracted Legionnaires ’ disease while staying at the hospital in August – November 2011, and there have been 13 cases since 2002.
A report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) stated that despite the hospital’s efforts to control legionella – such as a silver copper ionization disinfection system and a legionella management group – the fact that there are still cases arising is a cause of concern. The CQC identified staffing levels and preventative measures to protect patients as areas in which Basildon University Hospital could improve. The hospital has two weeks to outline its further plan of action to combat legionella, BBC News reports.
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