Jul
28
2015
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Thamesbrook home

Thamesbrook home, an outdated old person’s home in Chelsea in the United Kingdom, has permanently closed after discovering Legionella bacteria last year.

The 56-bed facility has been closed since May 2014, but it was decided earlier this month by members of Kensington & Chelsea’s cabinet to close the home permanently and build 150 new homes instead for elderly residents.

During the meeting on July 16, the members selected the ‘extra care’ option allowing older people to rent or buy their own homes in developments that offer onsite care.

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Jul
24
2015
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Dartmouth Police Station plan

A building committee has recommended that the Dartmouth Police Station in Dartmouth, MA be stripped and rehabbed following the discovery of Legionella bacteria last year.

“It’s going to be a more friendly police department to come into than it was before,” said Ken Vincent, Chairman of the Police Building Committee, and is supposed to be more adequate for the growing police department.

According to ABC, “The Police Building Committee is unanimously recommending the station under go a total gut job. Acting Chief Robert Szala is looking forward to getting a fresh start.”

The police worked temporarily out of trailers for quite some time after Legionella were discovered last year.

The rehab project for the station is expected to cost tax payers $7.3 million, but Vincent believes it is worthwhile.

“If we missed something and it started to grow again we’d be right back to where we are now. So rather than that, for the difference of $3 million, we’re better off stripping it right down to nothing, removing everything, knowing that it’s clean when we start,” he said.

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Jul
23
2015
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Obama Pittsburgh

Earlier this week, President Obama made his 29th visit to Pennsylvania and addressed a national convention of military veterans in Pittsburgh.

During the address, Obama spoke of the Iran deal, but also touched on the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak saying:

“[The outbreak] was a tragedy, and whenever there are any missteps, there is no excuse.  So our hearts go out to the families of those who lost loved ones.

“The safety measures now in place are some of the strongest in the nation, and patient safety is a top priority at VA hospitals because we have to prevent anything like that from ever happening again.”

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Jul
22
2015
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Quebec Public Health Authorities are currently conducting an investigation regarding a person who contracted Legionnaires’ disease in Quebec City.

The Quebec Privacy Act does not allow details about the patient to be released, however, it is known that this case of Legionnaires’ disease involves a man under the age of 50.  Public Health Authorities are trying to locate the source of Legionella infection.

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Jul
21
2015
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Bonham VA North Texas Clinic

Legionella bacteria were discovered at the VA North Texas hospital in Bonham, TX.  Samples taken at the community living center at the Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center tested positive for the bacteria during its routine quarterly testing.

According to a spokesman from the VA North Texas last Friday, the facility is currently treating two patients who have Legionnaires’ disease, but neither of the patients contracted it at the VA.

Following the positive test results, VA staff were put on heightened awareness for any patients exhibiting symptoms consistent with Legionnaires’ disease.

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Jul
20
2015
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hospital beds

Two people in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand have contracted Legionnaires’ disease due to contaminated hot water tanks.

According to an article from Radio Live New Zealand, both people have been hospitalized for their illnesses and one patient will need to have her feet amputated.

Following an investigation, it was discovered that the two patients both turned down the hot water in their homes which caused Legionella bacteria to propagate.  Hawke’s bay District Health Board is now warning people against turning down their hot water cylinders to save money and are advising that people make sure their hot water cylinders are set to 60 degrees Celsius.

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Jul
16
2015
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Kai Ching-freshwater

The Kai Ching Estate, a six-building housing complex, was recently found to have Legionella bacteria as well as lead levels exceeding the World Health Organization’s standards.

Hong Kong’s Housing Department said it would disinfect all blocks.  A doctor at the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) has also urged residents of the Kai Ching Estate to boil water before using to shower or brush their teeth.

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Jul
15
2015
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Warren Barr Gold Coast

A resident at Warren Barr Gold Coast, a rehabilitation center in Chicago, has died due to Legionnaires’ disease.

Little is known about the victim, however, according to a Public Health statement, “CDPH is working closely with Warren Barr and other health facilities the patient had visited to identify possible sources of exposure.

“At this time,  there have been no additional confirmed cases among residents or employees at Warren Barr.”

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Jul
14
2015
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Super 8 Lacey

The Super 8 Motel near Olympia, WA, which closed it’s doors on July 2nd due to the presence of Legionella bacteria, has reopened for business after treating its water system to the Thurston County Health Department’s recommendations.

The first two cases linked to the motel were identified by the health department on June 26; a third was announced on July 1.

“We really appreciate the motel’s cooperation with us throughout our investigation, and for working with us to protect public health,” said Dr. Rachel Wood, Thurston County health officer. “They worked quickly to implement the recommendations and I’m glad to see them reopen.”

Treatment at the motel was completed on July 10.  Any person who visited the motel before this date is urged to monitor their health and contact a physician if they become ill.

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Jul
13
2015
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SpringHill Suites Fla

According to a recent article from the Orlando Sentinel, the Florida Department of Health is nearing the end of its investigation of Legionnaires’ disease at SpringHill Suites Hotel in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Health department spokeswoman, Mirna Chamorro, said “During early May, two cases of Legionnaires’ were reported to us from the CDC.  They both stayed at the same hotel.

Health officials sent letters to all guests of the hotel who stayed between March 25 and April 24, 2015.  A third case of Legionnaires’ disease was confirmed to be associated with the hotel during the health department’s investigation.

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