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14 December 2015 Quarantine measures taken after Legionella outbreak at Lincoln business

posted 15 Dec 2015, 04:29 by Ian Clarenbone

Workers' showers at Bifrangi foundry in Lincoln have been quarantined after a "slightly positive" test for Legionella.                                                        

Dave Pearson, health and safety manager at the plant in Spa Road, said that shower heads, hoses and the water feed have been disinfected with chlorine and the system flushed following the discovery at the end of November.

He said: "Regular Legionella checks at the end of November showed there was a slightly positive test for Legionella.The showers are now probably 99.9 per cent safe for users but we would rather be 100 per cent certain so we have decided not to re-open them until we get a test result which is due next week.”

Legionella is the bacterium which causes Legionnaires' disease, flourishing in air conditioning, central heating and water systems.

Legionnaires' disease is a serious lung infection caused by Legionella bacteria and symptoms can include muscle pain, fever, and tiredness and symptoms of pneumonia including chest pains, shortness of breath and a persistent cough. The condition is treated with antibiotics.

In some cases, Legionnaires' disease can lead to severe infection can cause some organs, such as lungs or kidneys, to stop working properly and another complication can be septic shock.

From 2011 to 2013, there were 84 deaths from Legionnaires' disease nationally and most were people aged 70 or over.