A health spa is the “likely source” of an outbreak of Legionella infection which has left nine people in hospital, Public Health England (PHE) has said. Fourteen people who attended Healax Salt Caves in Bournemouth in June have contracted either Legionnaire’s Disease or the less serious Pontiac fever. A further 39 people who reported symptoms…

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A resident of Dolphin Square has contracted the disease, according to Public Health England which said it was working with the management company to inform residents. Officials said the resident who contracted the disease was “responding well” to treatment. The 10-storey block of flats in Pimlico has a colourful past and has been described as London’s most…

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A Nottingham resident has contracted a rare but potentially life-threatening disease from staying in a hotel room. The guest, who has not been named, was diagnosed after a stay at the Three Queens Hotel and Lodge, in Bridge Street, Burton. The hotel has been forced to close temporarily after they and another guest stayed there…

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Legionnaires‘ disease acquired its name in 1976 after an outbreak of pneumonia occurred among people attending the American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Later, the bacterium causing the illness was named Legionella pneumophila. On July 21, 1976, the American Legion opened its annual three-day convention at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. More than 2,000 Legionaires, mostly men, attended the convention. The date and city…

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