Legionella E-News

HC Information Resources Inc.
Matthew R. Freije, Editor

**IN THIS ISSUE**
1. Major Outbreak in Russia
2. Deaths of Six Babies Attributed to Pseudomonas in Hospital Sinks
3. Outbreak of LD among Cruise Ship Passengers
4. Hospital Showers Blamed for Four Cases, One Death
5. Fifteen Cases Near Ice Rink in Spain
6. Five Cases among UK Hotel Guests
7. No Source Found for Four Cases in the UK
8. Legionella Management Plans

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1. MAJOR OUTBREAK IN RUSSIA
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Since mid July, 175 people have been hospitalized due to a pneumonia
outbreak in the Urals region of Russia. A total of 150 have been diagnosed
with Legionnaires’ disease, 66 of which were confirmed by laboratory
tests. At least four have died. The startup of the hot water supply
following a lengthy shutdown for maintenance is believed to have caused
the outbreak. Most apartment buildings in Russia receive hot water from
thermal plants rather than from water heaters within the buildings. The
hot water supplies are typically shut down for a few weeks each summer for
maintenance.

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2. DEATHS OF SIX BABIES ATTRIBUTED TO PSEUDOMONAS IN HOSPITAL SINKS
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The deaths of six premature babies at a hospital in Canada three years ago
has been attributed to Pseudomonas aeruginosa found in the building’s old
water pipes. About fifty babies were infected with the bacteria. Premature
babies are particularly vulnerable to Pseudomonas infection because of
their undeveloped respiratory systems. The hospital disinfected the ward
after the first baby died in 2004, but five more premature babies died
over the next 18 months. The ward was closed at the end of 2005.
Investigators concluded that Pseudomonas aeruginosa was in sinks that did
not drain properly. The hospital reported that it has replaced the
plumbing system and will open a new neo-natal ward in 2008. Source:
News-Medical.Net

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3. OUTBREAK OF LD AMONG CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS
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Seven passengers became sick with flu-like symptoms while on a Baltic
cruise in late July. Pneumonia was confirmed in four passengers, two whose
sputum was PCR-positive for Legionella. Legionella was found in water
samples collected from the ship by health officials.

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4. HOSPITAL SHOWERS BLAMED FOR FOUR CASES, ONE DEATH
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On May 22, a patient in a Dutch hospital died after contracting
Legionnaires’ disease. Three other patients contracted the disease and
recovered. The hospital showers were reported as the source of Legionella
contamination. Source: DutchNews.nl

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5. FIFTEEN CASES NEAR ICE RINK IN SPAIN
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A cooling tower at an ice rink in Malaga, Spain has been blamed for
fifteen cases of Legionnaires’ disease that occurred in June, one of which
resulted in death. All the people who became ill either live near the ice
rink or had passed close by it prior to getting sick. A “very high
concentration” of Legionella pneumophila was found in the cooling tower.
Source: SUR Newspaper

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6. FIVE CASES AMONG UK HOTEL GUESTS
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Five people who stayed at a hotel in Strathpeffer in June contracted
legionnaires’ disease. The cases were confirmed by blood tests. Health
officials required an action plan including a risk assessment and a water
monitoring program. Source: BBC News

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7. NO SOURCE FOUND FOR FOUR CASES IN THE UK
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Four people in Surrey became sick with Legionnaires’ disease in mid-July.
Health officials did not find a link among the cases and all the water
samples collected tested negative for Legionella. Source: BBC News

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8. LEGIONELLA MANAGEMENT PLANS
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The management plans read like an in-house policy manual. Each is
available in print (softcover) or on a CD for US$149 plus shipping, or can
be downloaded at www.hcinfo.com for $119. There are three, by building
type:

Hospitals
http://hcinfo.com/318info.htm

Nursing Homes and Senior Living Facilities
http://hcinfo.com/319info.htm

Hotels
http://hcinfo.com/320info.htm

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