How hot tub and whirlpool users risk Legionnaires’ Disease
The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has issued a warning about the risk of legionnaires’ disease being contracted in the summer months with the increasing popularity of outdoor hot tubs.
According to experts at the CIPHE, the combination of warm weather and sitting water creates the perfect environment for Legionella bacteria to thrive and in severe cases, cause life-changing illness.
Spa baths and even garden hose pipes could also harbour potentially lethal bacteria.
CIPHE CEO Kevin Wellman comments: “While all man-made hot and cold-water systems can provide an environment ripe for the Legionella bacteria to grow, it can thrive in places such as hot tubs, whirlpool baths, compost heaps and even garden hoses. The growing popularity in hot tubs and spa baths means that many families now have a potential source of an outbreak within their homes and gardens.”
Rise in holiday legionnaires’ cases
The warning comes after Public Health England revealed a seasonal rise in cases from June to October. Last year saw a huge leap in reported Legionnaires cases from a yearly average of 500 to 814.
Legionella is the primary cause of a potentially fatal form pneumonia, Legionnaires’ disease, most commonly contracted by inhaling the bacteria through small droplets of water in the air that contains the bacteria.
Symptoms of Legionnaires’ Disease usually occur within 2 to 14 days after a person is exposed to the bacteria and in our experience, although most cases are successfully treated with antibiotics, in severe cases people can require hospitalisation.
When legionella develops, it can quickly grow and multiply, which is why it’s important to keep your hot tub running smoothly and in the best condition possible to prevent the bacteria multiplying.
It’s important to keep a hot tub clean, especially when it’s in frequent use because the hot water extracts the natural oils from your body which includes germs, lotion, dirt and other similar contaminants that can compromise disinfection and filtering systems.
At Holiday Claims Bureau, we have represented clients who have suffered the serious effects Legionnaires disease through no fault of their own, primarily due to poorly-maintained air conditioning systems, showers and water supplies.
According to Everyday Health, 20 percent of cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been associated with recent travel, caused by outbreaks that have not been controlled, contaminated hot tubs and whirl pools on cruise ships, swimming pools and water systems in hotels and hospitals.
Holiday Claims Bureau director Michael Walker says:
“Where travel’s concerned, if someone has received a diagnosis of Legionnaires’ Disease as a result of negligence on the part of an accommodation provider, I would urge them to raise a formal complaint and to seek specialist advice from an experienced solicitor.
“Although no amount of redress can compensate someone for the serious health problems Legionnaires’ disease can cause, with our help we can start to seek the compensation they deserve and provide the support needed to mitigate the effects on everyday life.”
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