According to BBC News, the Princess Elizabeth Hospital in Guernsey has eradicated legionella bacteria from its water system. Ed Freestone, a representative from the hospital’s health department, has stated that the hospital has finally “cleared it out of the system” and “cracked the problem.”
The hospital initially used chemicals, but when that did not produce the desired results resorted to heat treatment of the pipes.
Though the source of the bacteria has not been identified, water lying stagnant in the pipes during some areas of “redundant pipe work” was stated to be a possibility. From now on, the hospital plumbing will be flushed regularly, BBC News reports.
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