At least 16 people in the Evergem municipality of East Flanders province in northern Belgium has been sickened with Legionanaires’ disease, according to the Flemish Agency for Health and Safety (computer translated).
Three people have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease and one person has died following stays at the Christmas Mountain Resort in Wisconsin Dell. At this time, the local health authorities are investigating the outbreak.
As the investigation unfolds, a representative for the resort told the local media that some of their accommodations did indeed have Legionella present. “After testing, we found that the water supply in certain units had been affected and, subsequently, tested positive for the bacteria,” the spokeswoman said. The resort claims to be telling prospective guests about the disease, but thus far denies that the confirmed illnesses occurred on their property – despite the fact that all of those who are ill stayed at the resort within 2 weeks of their illnesses.
Controlling Legionella in emergency showers and eyewash stations is an essential process to help maintain workplace safety for those businesses that need to provide such emergency facilities. In this guide the water safety experts at Legionella Control International look at how these showers and emergency wash facilities can increase the risks from Legionella and what practical measures can be taken to keep it under control and keep people safe.
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Two people in Waco have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease after using a local YMCA’s hot tub. The Waco-McClennan County Health District is investigating the Waco Family YMCA located at 6800 Harvey Rd., Waco, Texas. The hot tub is expected to be closed for the next few weeks, while the water undergoes testing for Legionella bacteria.
Rodney Martin, CEO of YMCA of Central Texas, stated, “Exposure to the Legionella bacteria may have occurred at the Waco Family YMCA. Hot tubs specifically are a potential source and in both instances there was exposure in the hot tub area.”
Public Health England (PHE) have reported seven cases of Legionnaires’ disease in UK travellers who visited Goa since November 2018, a small increase in cases compared to previous years.
Legionnaires’ disease is more dangerous to people with underlying medical conditions and travellers staying in poorly maintained hotels or apartments. Although the risk to travellers to Goa is considered to be low, anyone who develops an influenza-like illness with fever, cough or shortness of breath during their stay or up to two weeks after returning home, are advised to seek prompt medical advice. They should ask the healthcare professional about Legionnaire’s disease and say where they have been.
Further information and advice on travel to Goa is available to view on the Travax (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.
Minnesota health officials report investigating four recent cases of Legionnaires’ disease associated with a Crookston area hotel.
Four people who became ill between Jan. 22 and Jan. 27 all reported spending some time at the Crookston Inn and Convention Center prior to their illnesses. None of the ill people were overnight guests at the hotel, but all visited the hotel for various occasions.