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New Jersey Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak Kept Quiet in State Prisons

After one person died and another spent a month in a coma, state officials found Legionella bacteria in the water at two New Jersey prisons. Read the full article here

‘Unsafe’ Legionella claim as Mary Feilding Guild set to close early

The final residents at Mary Feilding Guild are set to be moved out next week – despite the owner’s claims of “unsafe” levels of Legionella being disputed by health experts. Read the full article here

Legionella detected at Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital

As part of its routine annual water testing for Legionella, Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital has detected the bacteria in water from two sinks in the Administration Building, the Department of Health and Human Resources reported Tuesday. Read the full article here

Businesses warned to act now and prevent deadly Legionella before re-opening

Stroud District Council’s Environmental Health team is contacting businesses that have been shut during the pandemic with advice on how to identify the risk of Legionella so they can safely re-open when Government guidance allows. Simon Pickering, Stroud District Council’s chair of Environment Committee said: “Every business that has a water supply and has been… Read more »

Updated advice on ventilation and air conditioning during the pandemic

HSE has updated and expanded its advice to help employers provide adequate ventilation in their workplaces during the pandemic. This guidance builds on helping you to identify and take action in poorly ventilated areas. It also provides guidance on other factors to consider when assessing the risk from aerosol transmission, and determining whether adequate ventilation… Read more »

Condo Association Sued for ‘Legionella’ Contaminated Spa

A condominium association has been sued for allegedly sickening at least one person in 2018 with Legionnaire’s disease through deficient maintenance of a residential spa. Read the full article here

An outbreak investigation of Legionella non-pneumophila Legionnaires’ disease in Sweden, April to August 2018: Gardening and use of commercial bagged soil associated with infections

In early June 2018, an increase in non-travel-related cases of Legionella non-pneumophila Legionnaires’ disease (LD) was observed in Sweden and a national outbreak investigation was started. Outbreak cases were defined as notified confirmed or probable cases of L. non-pneumophila LD, with symptom onset after 1 April 2018. From April to August 2018, 41 cases were… Read more »

Wollongong, Nowra on alert for Legionnaires’ disease symptoms after outbreaks

Wollongong residents are being urged to be on the lookout for symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease after six confirmed cases in the last three months. Read the full article here

Water problems at VG hospital ‘shocking,’ cancer patient says

Russell Easy’s main battle these days is against an unusual type of blood cancer. But he’s also fighting on another front – the “shocking” state of the water system at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax.  Read the full article here

Legionella and SARS-CoV-2 Coinfection in a Patient With Pneumonia – An Outbreak in Northern Portugal

Abstract The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic has plagued virtually every continent and country, and Portugal is no exception. The high number of cases has caused a major burden on health services and obvious economic consequences, forcing an important reformulation in the health sectors’ organization. In the past weeks, counties in the country’s… Read more »

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Effective Thermal Disinfection at POU

By using the readily available system temperature hot water supply (>60C), the patented ILTDU, In-Line Thermal Disinfection Unit, from Horne Engineering facilitates the only effective thermal disinfection of showers, taps, TMVs, their associated pipe-work feeds, ancillary fittings, mixed water deadleg and terminal outlet fitting. In conjunction with high velocity flushing, which shears excess biofilm from internal pipework surfaces (and represents 95% of the water system’s total bio-load) thus improving water quality, regular operation of the ILTDU further aids the risk-management of retrograde pathogens, e.g. opportunistic Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Non-Tuberculous Mycobacteria and others.

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HM&V Utilities Ltd – Helping you stay compliant

HM&V Utilities Ltd are a LCA Registered Water Hygiene and Utility Specialist based the South of the UK. We provide comprehensive packages to help clients stay compliant with their obligations under current legislation and law. From the initial Risk Assessment to corrective remedial actions, we have you covered. We are LCA registered and ISO9001 accredited to carry out Legionella Risk Assessments, Cleaning and Disinfection services as well as Sampling & Analytical Services.

EndoSan Stabilised Hydrogen Peroxide Disinfectant

EndoSan is a stabilised hydrogen peroxide disinfectant with a broad spectrum of efficacy. Due to its unrivalled stability EndoSan is the ideal water disinfectant. EndoSan is proven to kill legionella bacteria and is a highly effective biofilm remover. No harmful by-products are formed in the disinfection process, instead EndoSan simply degrades into water and oxygen. EndoSan is a compelling alternative to chlorine-based disinfection products. Use disinfectants safely. Always read the label and product information before use.

Single Syringe Test Kit

The world’s fastest Legionella test! Get results on site for the strain of legionella that causes practically all legionnaires’ disease cases and outbreaks in only 25 minutes. On site results removes the risks associated with transportation of samples. Simple to use, no specialist training required. Why would you wait days for test results? Contact us at Wycombe Water a Hydrosense distributor.

Neptune Water Safety

Neptune is an enterprise-grade, web-based water safety monitoring system which uses discrete, wireless multi-probe thermocouple devices that are easily attached to water assets in order to help maintain the safety of an organisation’s water system. By continually monitoring and analysing temperatures and flow events over time, Neptune helps identify conditions likely to create harmful bacteria such as Legionella or cause freeze or scald risk, improving safety for building users.