According to BBC News, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) released a report on its investigation into an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease last year in Stoke-on-Trent, England. The report stated that the likely source of the outbreak, which claimed the lives of two men and sickened 19 more people, was a hot tub on display at a warehouse within the city. According to the HPA, “This was a significant outbreak and has raised questions on the acceptability of operating spa pools (also known as whirl pools and hot tubs) in public places where the general population has access.”
Even if the hot tub on display at JTF Warehouse was not used for bathing, the hot tubs should have been maintained properly so that passers-by would not be at risk for inhaling contaminated water and possibly becoming infected. While it is tragic that two men died from Legionnaires’ disease in cases related to this outbreak, hopefully this outbreak will lead to stricter regulations on pool and spa maintenance, even in situations where the pools/spas are not in direct use and are on display in a show.
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.