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Burns from scalding: Accidents waiting to happen

The high water temperatures required to control the spread of Legionella bacteria come at the risk of scalding accidents. Richard Hurst discusses the legislation and manufacturing standards put in place to prevent this

23 April 2015

Legionella control

Everyone will recognise the dangers of Legionnaires' disease, which was first discovered in 1976 at the Bellevue Hotel, Philadelphia, where more than 200 people became ill with a mystery lung infection. Thirty-four of these people subsequently died. Because the persons infected were delegates at a conference of American Legionnaires the infection was named Legionnaires' disease. It was later recognised that cases of the disease had been occurring from the end of the Second World War.

In 1985 175 patients were admitted to Stafford district hospital with chest infections; a total of 28 people died. Outbreaks have continued to the present day throughout the world - RAH Consultancy was involved in a case of Legionnaires' disease that occurred in an Egyptian hotel.

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