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Death toll from Legionnaires’ disease in Lisbon hospital up at four

The death toll from an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in a large Lisbon hospital doubled to four on Friday, Portugal’s health authority DGS said, but the number of new cases being discovered appeared to subside. The severe form of pneumonia has made another 40 people sick since it was detected on Oct. 31 at the… Read more »

Scientists create slippery toilet coating that stops poo sticking

Researchers in the US say they have created an ultra-slippery toilet coating that could help save vast quantities of water around the world. Scientists at Penn State University say the coating cuts the amount of water required to flush excrement by 90%. They say it also prevents bacteria from building up in toilet bowls and… Read more »

City of Tyler temporarily shuts down Harvey Hall as precaution after Legionnaires’ cases

Amidst numerous questions about the possibility of Legionnaires’ disease cases being linked to Harvey Hall, the city has made the decision to close the building, at least temporarily. Jenny Wells with the City of Tyler says Harvey Hall has been temporarily shut down. All building staff have been moved out of the building. FULL ARTICLE

Bacteria dislodged by hospital decontamination work

Work to clean up a hospital bacteria outbreak inadvertently led to more contamination, new documents reveal. Brain surgery was postponed at Edinburgh’s Western General in March after a small number of patients contracted the Pseudomonas aeruginosa bug from showers and taps in a ward. FULL ARTICLE

Health unit declares legionnaire’s disease outbreak is over

One person’s death ‘may be related to this cluster,’ says official; Mayor says city is working with health unit ‘to help ensure this does not happen again’ The investigation into a legionnaire’s disease cluster in Orillia, which was announced Oct. 11, 2019, is now concluded and declared over with no risk of further transmission of… Read more »

330 victims of Portugal’s worst ever Legionella outbreak sue State for €2.6 million

The association for the support of victims of Portugal’s devastating Legionella outbreak five years ago has advanced with a popular action against the State, demanding a total of 2.6 million euros for the 330 people who have seen their cases ‘archived’. This is the latest in the saga that saw 13 people die in what… Read more »

Fury as no one will stand trial over 2012 Legionnaires outbreak that killed four in Edinburgh

A BEREAVED partner has been left devastated on being told no firm will be prosecuted over the Capital’s Legionnaires outbreak of 2012. The deadly disease claimed four lives including labourer Bert Air and left 92 ill yet the source remains a mystery despite a seven-year probe. FULL ARTICLE

Popular Spring Green lodge temporarily closed during Legionella investigation

SPRING GREEN (WKOW) — The Round Barn Lodge is temporarily closed has health officials investigate a possible outbreak of Legionella. The Sauk County Health Department on Tuesday confirmed two cases of Legionnaires’ Disease in guests who had stayed at the lodge. The two contracted the disease within 10-14 days of their stay at the lodge…. Read more »

Case of Legionnaires’ disease confirmed in resident of Mentor nursing home

MENTOR, Ohio — A case of Legionnaires’ disease has been reported in a resident at a nursing home in Mentor. A resident at Continuing Healthcare of Mentor was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease after transferring from another facility, according to the Mentor nursing home.  The patient is stable and being treated at the Mentor facility.  Continuing… Read more »

Kenneth Ibbetson: Bupa fine over Legionnaire’s death halved

Private care provider Bupa has won an appeal against a £3m fine over the death of pensioner at a nursing home. Kenneth Ibbetson, 86, died after contracting Legionnaire’s disease at Hutton Village care home in Brentwood, Essex, in June 2015. Bupa Care Homes (BNH) Ltd was fined last year at Ipswich Crown Court after it… Read more »

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PrimeLab Photometer

The PrimeLab photometer hand-held Bluetooth® device is expandable and portable, developed for ultimate flexibility for use in a range of water systems. With only one light source and the JENCOLOR multi-spectral sensor used exclusively in the PrimeLab, it is possible to measure all water parameters where the water sample is visibly discoloured after addition of a reagent. Key Features of PrimeLab Photometer: The first and only PrimeLab photometer with just 1 LED / 1 JENCOLOR sensor, covering the 400 wavelength (380nm-780nm). More than a 100 different parameters available. Activation of add-on parameters is possible even after purchase. Powerful PC-software and app with free cloud service. Creating reports and dosage recommendations by just a click, using your individual water treatment chemicals.

HuwaSan TR50 Silver Stabilised Hydrogen Peroxide

HuwaSan TR50 is a commercial water disinfectant and biocide designed for shock disinfection or constant dosing. HuwaSan TR50 kills legionella bacteria and in addition removes biofilm. It is safer to use than chlorine as the disinfection breakdown products are oxygen and water. Independent testing shows that HuwaSan TR50 provides a very wide spectrum of biocidal activity against bacteria, viruses, spores, fungi, amoebae (such as amoeba acanthus which can act as a host to legionella bacteria) and algae. Use disinfectants safely. Always read the label and product information before use.

MC1+ Protector

Formulated to prevent wear and tear and the resulting debris, MC1+ stops magnetite and other deposits forming. As it does this, it protects the central heating, keeping the boiler working efficiently and helping to ensure the system lasts for longer.

MM2050 - PT100 Thermometer

Four/three/two wire measurement, Max/min functions, Hold function, Dual display, °C/°F/°A selectable, Simultaneous display of real time and max/min/hold measurement, Self calibrating.

MD610 Photometer

The MD610 gives you a mobile device in a modern design with the analytical features of a laboratory photometer. All important water analysis parameters from A(luminium) to Z(inc) are covered. Combined with the high precision of Lovibond® reagents, a reliable and quick analysis of water samples is guaranteed. Reagent tablets, powder reagents, liquid reagents, or cuvette tests are used depending on the method.

Armitage Shanks Markwik 21


(TB H2a) an integral thermostatic bib mixer tap, single long lever mixer. Single flow fixed horizontal nozzle, sequential operation. Sequential operation ensures both hot and cold supply are purged on each use, long lever gives precise control. Insulated technology keeps the ‘hot’ side of the mixer at a safe surface temperature.

AS Shower chrome

AS Shower chrome

Legionnaires‘ disease is usually spread by the breathing in of water vapour containing Legionella bacteria which is then deposited on the lungs. The bacteria thrives in water temperatures between 25 and 45°C and so showers by their very nature create an ideal environment for the bacteria to spread. The AS SHOWER chrome filter provides reliable and immediate protection against Legionella, removing bacteria at the point of use, allowing users to shower safely.