According to news reports, legionella has been discovered in the shower heads, taps and sinks at four more hospitals in Queensland, after an outbreak in Brisbane triggered testing across the region. At Brisbane’s Wesley Hospital, one man died and another patient became sick with Legionnaires’ disease. QE2, Logan, Gold Coast, and Ipswich hospitals have had positive tests for legionella thus far, and officials are expecting the bacteria to be found at even more locations as testing continues. Hospitals with legionella will undergo remediation efforts including flushing and disinfection in order to prevent the legionella from spreading and to reduce the risk for patients.
After the incident at Brisbane’s Wesley Hospital, hospitals in the region appear to be very proactive in ensuring they are not at risk for outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease. It is, however, unfortunate that none of this testing and remediation was done prior to the death at Wesley Hospital.
Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates on this story.