Earlier today, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service chief executive Adrian Pennington confirmed that Legionella bacteria were detected at Hervey Bay Hospital in Australia. This discovery came about after a patient was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease on April 20 and later passed away.
Mr. Pennington, however, said that the cause of the man’s death is still being investigated. According to senior members of the Wilde Bay Hospital and Health Service, action is being taken to protect current patients including tap water restrictions; patients have been told to drink bottled water only and to avoid taking showers until more is known from the investigation.
“We have a rigorous testing process of our water in hospitals and when we have a positive result we err on the side of caution,” said Mr. Pennington.
The hospital is waiting on a second set of testing results, but until there is more information, patients will receive sponge baths and given bottled water.
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