"Legionnaire's victim wasn't warned"

23rd May 2007, Comments 0 comments

23 May 2007, AMSTERDAM - The 78-year-old woman who died of legionnaire's disease at the Haga hospital in The Hague on Monday had not been warned that the legionnaire's bacteria had been found in the wing where she had been held.

23 May 2007

AMSTERDAM - The 78-year-old woman who died of legionnaire's disease at the Haga hospital in The Hague on Monday had not been warned that the legionnaire's bacteria had been found in the wing where she had been held.

The hospital sent a letter last week to 60 patients that may have become infected after they had been admitted to the internal medicine department.

The woman who died on Monday had not received any such letter, the Telegraaf reported today.

A hospital spokesperson said in the paper that the hospital is looking into what went wrong. The woman had been registered at the hospital, the spokesperson said, but had not been warned "for reasons that cannot yet be explained."

The hospital could not say whether the woman's death could have been prevented had she realised earlier that she might have been infected with the disease.

Legionnaire's disease can be treated with the immediate administering of the right antibiotics. If a legionnaire's infection is not treated properly or on time it can turn fatal.

The legionnaire's bacteria was found in a shower block at the Haga hospital in a wing where four people were being held. One woman died on Monday, three others are still in serious condition.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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