Legionnaire's disease claims life

22nd May 2007, Comments 0 comments

22 May 2007, THE HAGUE - A 78-year-old woman has died after becoming infected with legionnaire's disease at the HagaZiekenhuis in The Hague. Three other patients have also become infected. The hospital announced this on Monday. No further details about the infected patients' condition are available.

22 May 2007

THE HAGUE - A 78-year-old woman has died after becoming infected with legionnaire's disease at the HagaZiekenhuis in The Hague. Three other patients have also become infected. The hospital announced this on Monday. No further details about the infected patients' condition are available.

The HagaZiekenhuis has now reported however that the bacteria which causes the disease has been eradicated. The hospital flushed extremely hot water through all its pipes on Monday, killing any bacteria in the system. "The hot water kills the bacteria," said a spokesperson on Tuesday morning. "So the bacteria should be gone now."

A water sample from the shower area in the wing where the four patients had been housed earlier in the month showed contamination with the bacteria earlier on Monday.

Patients and staff have been asked to stay alert to any signs of respiratory problems and fever. The wing where the contamination was found has not been in use since 12 May.

Symptoms of legionnaire's disease range from a severe cold to flu with respiratory infection. The infection is contracted by inhaling the bacteria in water vapour.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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