The Three Queens Hotel in Burton Upon Trent has been closed recently following an outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease.
The two people who contracted the disease are doing well and have both recovered. Environmental Health officers have been involved in testing the water.
It is believed that one of the people contracted Legionnaires’ Disease after using the shower. Showers create an aerosol and if the legionella bacteria are present it can be breathed in.
Showers should be descaled quarterly and if they are not used weekly then they should be placed on a flushing regime so that the water does not become stagnant and allow the bacteria to grow.
Monthly temperature testing should be carried out if the water comes from stored water. The cold water at the outlets should be less than 20C. If the hot water outlets are supplied by hot water vessels 16L or over then these also need to be monitored to ensure that the water at the outlets is at least 50C.
Carrying out a legionella risk assessment and ensuring it remains up to date is required under health and safety law and is a key duty when managing the risk of exposure to legionella bacteria.