Pregnant Women Advised Not To Use Pre-Heated Birthing Pools

On the 9th August 2017 Public Health England published guidance for midwives to advise pregnant women considering using a home birthing pool.

It states that following the discovery of a new born baby with Legionnaires’ disease thatLegionnaires’ disease has been associated with the use of a certain type of birthing pool.’ The birthing pools in question are ones that are pre-filled, potentially weeks in advance of labour, and are kept warm using heaters and recirculation pumps.

The guidance goes on to say that it is not all birthing pools are considered high risk and that traditional birthing pools that are filled once the woman goes into labour and not kept warm are considered safe. Fixed birthing pools in NHS units are also considered to be safe due to the strict control measures in place.


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Illinois veterans home legionnaires’ disease outbreak.

February saw the 4th case of legionnaires’ disease at a state run veterans home in Quincey, USA. This is the latest in a series of outbreaks which began in 2015 and left 13 people dead and many more ill. The old pipes in the water system are being blamed as a breeding ground for bacteria, although $8 million was spent in August 2016 on updating the pipework and the system. […]

April 3rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

What is Pontiac Fever?

Pontiac fever is caused by the legionella bacteria, the same bacteria responsible for Legionnaires’ disease. Pontic fever is milder and those affected experience flu-like symptoms, including fever, headaches and muscle aches but sufferers do not go on to develop pneumonia. It is not known why some people go on to develop the more serious Legionnaires’ disease whilst others get Pontiac fever and some people do not get ill at all. […]

January 15th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Four people dead following a legionella outbreak in Llinars del Vallès (Barcelona)

In October 2017 3 people died after contracting Legionnaires ’ disease and a fourth person died in early November bringing the total to 4 dead and three more infected, two remain in hospital. Four men and three women between the ages of 48 and 94 were infected, all of whom had either other underlying conditions or were old and frail. The Catalan Public Health Authority (ASPCAT) is investigating the origin […]

January 2nd, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Suspected Legionnaires’ Disease at Lincoln Prison

A 71 year old man died on Monday 4th December. Following his death the shower block of the prison has been isolated and tests will be carried out to confirm the presence of the bacteria. There will also be an independent investigation carried out by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.       For more information see:

December 20th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Legionella outbreak at Disneyland Anaheim theme park in California

10 people were hospitalised and 1 person died after having visited the park in September. Two cooling towers had to be shut down when it was discovered that they were contaminated with the legionella bacteria. The cooling towers have since been treated to kill the bacteria. Legionella had previously been discovered and also treated during routine sampling and monitoring. The cooling towers are now back in service.

November 21st, 2017|Categories: News|0 Comments

Legionnnaires’ Disease Confirmed at Burton Upon Trent Hotel

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 […]

November 6th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments