A possible source of Legionella infection in Australia has been managed, officials say, thanks to mandatory testing and water treatment programs.
The Cunnamulla Hospital in Queensland, Australia conducted regular tests for Legionella bacteria in its water supply, as mandated by Queensland lawmakers. These tests revealed the presence of bacteria earlier this July. Hospital officials shut off water before patients or staff were at risk and chlorinated the water. Further tests have now indicated that the bacteria is gone, though the hospital will continue to monitor the situation.
A spokesperson for the hospital pointed out that many facilities in the area draw their water from subterranean hot-water aquifers. The water is then cooled in tanks at the surface. If the water is not chlorinated at this stage, the warm temperature provides an ideal environment for the growth of Legionella bacteria.
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Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.