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Legionnaires’ Disease Confirmed At Bolingbrook Nursing Home

BOLINGBROOK, IL — The Will County Health Department and Illinois Department of Public health are investigating a case of Legionnaires’ disease at a senior facility in Bolingbrook. Will County health officials said a “health care-associated case” of the illness, which is a potentially fatal type of pneumonia caused by legionella bacteria. FULL ARTICLE

RIVM: Water purification plant perhaps develops legionella via atmosphere

Wastewater treatment plants can distribute legionella germs through the atmosphere, meaning folks in your community may inhale the dangerous germs. To prevent this, actions should be taken, the National Institute for Public Health additionally the Environment (RIVM) reported Tuesday based on two brand-new researches. FULL ARTICLE

Three Legionnaires’ disease cases reported at two Chicago nursing homes

Public health officials said Friday they are investigating three cases of Legionnaires’ disease at two North Side nursing homes. Two residents at Balmoral Nursing Home, 2055 W. Balmoral, and one resident at Admiral at the Lake, 929 W. Foster, have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, according to an Illinois Public Health Department news release. FULL… Read more »

Newborn baby was first victim of Legionnaires outbreak

A newborn baby is believed to have been the first victim of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at a Pimlico apartment block last year. Three people in three months are known to have contacted the potentially deadly lung infection at Dolphin Square.  Today it emerged that a five-day-old boy fell ill in a one-bedroom rented flat in Beatty House,… Read more »

Man In D.C. Homeless Shelter Contracts Legionnaires’ Disease

A man who stayed at a D.C. homeless shelter has been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, prompting the city to test the shelter’s water supply for potential contaminants that could have caused the illness. Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal bacterial infection that spreads through the vapor or mist of contaminated water, leading to a severe… Read more »

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital: Safety watchdog orders improvements

The health and safety watchdog has ordered bosses at a Glasgow hospital to make improvements. Greater Glasgow health board confirmed it received an improvement notice from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on Christmas Eve. The notice states the hospital has failed to ensure the ventilation system within a ward at the Queen Elizabeth University… Read more »

Spa pool at Pt Erin Pools, Auckland, closed after Legionella bacteria detected

A spa pool at central Auckland’s Pt Erin Pools has been temporarily closed after tests revealed Legionella bacteria in the water. The pools, run in partnership with Auckland Council, were closed for 10 days from December 20 after testing three days earlier found the deadly bacteria in the family spa pool, a notice on its website said. FULL ARTICLE

Care home ‘requires improvement’ after health risks exposed

Elderly patients were at risk of Legionnaire’s disease for months after health inspectors ordered Heatherside Care Home to urgently improve their care and safety standards. Care Quality Commission (CQC) outline a series of concerns with fire safety and medicinal practices throughout the care home in Hook, a recent report says. However, their new management, argues… Read more »

Against Advice of Health Officials, Georgia Rejects Legionella Rules in New Plumbing Code

When plumbing code revisions in Georgia go into effect on January 1, 2020, rules to prevent the growth of deadly Legionella bacteria within buildings will not be one of the new requirements. The outcome was the result of a state plumbing code review that began in 2018 and concluded last summer. The Department of Community… Read more »

Legionnaires’ disease is the deadliest waterborne-illness in the United States

Legionnaires’ disease is the deadliest waterborne-illness in the United States, killing about one in 11 people infected. Reported cases of the pneumonia-like disease, spread by inhaling droplets contaminated with the Legionella bacteria, are rapidly rising, up five times since 2000. FULL ARTICLE

Product Spotlight

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.