Legionella spores in Utrecht homes

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1 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — Legionella spores have been found in the plumbing of 78 homes in the Rivieren district of Utrecht.

1 August 2006

AMSTERDAM — Legionella spores have been found in the plumbing of 78 homes in the Rivieren district of Utrecht.

Housing cooperative Bo-Ex told broadcaster RTV Utrecht that the traces in half the homes exceeded the legal limit. Water company Hydron declined to comment until all the residents have been notified.

The problem is concentrated on the Amstelstraat, where the bacterium was found in two homes during a spot check last month.

Water pipes have been too warm in the area for years because of a mistake during the laying of the city's central heating system. The investigation into the origins of the infection is continuing.

Meanwhile, the public prosecutor's office confirmed on Tuesday that it has launched a preliminary investigation into the legionella outbreak in Amsterdam last month. Officials said it will take a least a month to decide whether anyone can be held criminally responsible.

Twenty nine people became ill, and one died, in the outbreak traced to a cooling tower at the CS Post building next to the Central Station.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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