According to Cyprus Mail, four doctors, including the director of a Nicosia private clinic pleaded guilty to not maintaining water systems properly, and will stand trial on June 27. In 2008, an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease resulted in 11 infants becoming ill at the clinic, and the unfortunate deaths of three newborns. The doctors admitted to not performing the necessary checks on the water distribution system that would have stopped the growth of Legionella bacteria, which was found in the humidifiers and in the water system. The case has caused much outrage in Cyprus, as the infant deaths seem to have been avoidable, had appropriate measures been taken by the staff at the clinic.
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