A coroner for North Wales East and Central in the United Kingdom is calling for speedier actions for suspected Legionnaires’ disease cases following the death of a 54-year-old woman.
According to coroner Ruthin John Gittins, timing played a part in the death of Sally Ellison, a social worker, who died at Glan Clwyd Hospital in June 2012 after returning from a vacation in Tunisia approximately a week prior.
Unfortunately, Mrs. Ellison’s Legionella testing did not occur until the day before she died. An autopsy showed that Mrs. Ellison’s cause of death was cardiac arrest due to multiple organ failure due to Legionella.
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