Legionella outbreak could delay Perth Children’s Hospital opening

8 May 2018 in Perth News

People in Perth have been long waiting for the opening of the Perth Children’s Hospital. However, it could possibly be pushed back due second outbreak of deadly Legionella bacteria discovered on site.

What is legionella? It is basically a type of pneumonia which thrives in warm environments at temperatures from 25 – 45 Celsius. It’s a potentially fatal infectious disease. Any age group can be at risk of legionella infection if resident of working in an environment which is considered high risk. However, males over the age of 50, especially those who smoke are of higher risk of infection. Whilst some people who get infected with legionella bacterium only suffer from minor illness a small number unfortunately die from the disease.

The bacteria can be found in small amounts within the environment around us. They might exist in natural sources of water such as springs and lakes and poses no risk of infection to humans. However, they can also be found within man-made water supply systems such as hot & cold water pipes that we use at home; or pipes within commercial establishments.

The risk of legionella infection is more likely if conditions are suitable the bacteria can multiply and colonise the system particularly if the water system is connected to a shower or spray tap. That’s because it is in these situations, we can inhale the contaminated respirable droplets or aerosols and become infected with legionella.

And for more about the latest outbreak in Perth and the possible delay it might cause to the Perth’s Children Hospital, read the full report here: https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/05/05/21/47/perth-childrens-hospital-opening-delayed-legionella

8 May 2018 Perth News