Auckland Hospital in New Zealand has apologized to the family of celebrity chef Ross Burden for his contraction of Legionnaires’ disease in 2014 that led to his untimely death. The investigation report of chief coroner Deborah Marshall showed that the Auckland District Health Board failed to properly implement Legionella prevention recommendations after a scare a year prior to Mr. Burden’s illness. As a result of a series of failures, the 45-year-old Ross Burden contracted Legionnaires’ disease and ultimately died.
Mr. Burden was at the hospital for a bone marrow transplant as part of his cancer treatment and was infected with the bacteria while there. His family is very upset by the entire situation especially because the Auckland District Health Board had previously launched an investigation regarding a child who also contracted the disease while receiving a bone marrow transplant in 2013.
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