Wesley Private Hospital, in Brisbane, Australia has been linked to Legionnaires’ disease in recent days, leading to remediation efforts and an investigation of the facility. Sadly, a 60-year-old man passed away from the disease. It is believed that both his case and that of a 46-year-old woman both stemmed from the hospital’s water supply. The hospital has undergone Legionella testing and the results will be known next week. Wesley has stopped emergency treatment and new admissions until the Legionnaires’ issues have been controlled. The water system has been superheated in an attempt to kill the bacteria and patients who may have been exposed have been contacted by the hospital.
Hospitals are susceptible locations for outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease for a number of reasons. They are often large buildings with complex water systems that enable Legionella bacteria to grow and spread. Hospitals provide many opportunities for people to come into direct contact with water, including showers and sinks. Also, the population of people in hospitals can be especially susceptible to contracting Legionnaires’ disease, given the fact that many may have compromised immune systems or other health problems that can put them at risk for Legionellosis.
Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates on this story.