A hospital trust in the UK was fined ₤50,000 after an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease occurred in 2011.
Legionnaires’ disease is thought to be a contributing factor in one elderly patient’s death. Joan Rayment is believed to have contracted the illness while showering at Royal Sussex County Hosptial in Brighton and later died from natural causes; however, it is believed that Legionnaires’ disease weakened Ms. Rayment and hastened her death.
“Although it was not the cause of her death, it is possible that Mrs Rayment contracted Legionnaires’ disease from a shower in our hospital and for that we are extremely sorry and have apologised unreservedly to her next of kin,” said trust chief executive Matthew Kershaw.
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