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20 August 2020 Legionella closes part of Royal Navy HQ in Portsmouth

posted 21 Aug 2020, 08:05 by Ian Clarenbone
Part of the Royal Navy's headquarters has been shut after Legionella was found in the water system. Leach building, part of Navy Command headquarters in Portsmouth Harbour, has closed temporarily while the bacteria is treated and flushed out.

The First Sea Lord - the professional head of the Navy - is among the staff based at the building in HMS Excellent on Whale Island, Hampshire. There are no reports of staff with symptoms so far. A Royal Navy spokeswoman said there had been "no impact" on operations
In May, Public Health England urged businesses to flush out the hot and cold water supply in their buildings before reopening to prevent the bacteria from spreading. It said the chances of the bacteria forming would increase if no action was taken during the warmer months.