Legionnaires’ disease Outbreak June 2012Posted on June 12, 2012
One man has died and a further 51 people are fighting for their lives in an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Edinburgh, further cases are expected . 16 Cooling Towers in the area are suspected as a possible source of the outbreak.
A potentially fatal form of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria and contracted by inhaling contaminated water droplets. Cooling Towers are frequently the cause of an outbreak of Legionnaires Disease and a contaminated Cooling Tower is reportedly capable of spreading the disease over a 44 mile radius.
No, but if not correctly maintained Cooling towers over time can develop corrosion on the internal surfaces which provide food and an ideal breeding ground for bacteria such as Legionella. The corroded surfaces are also far more difficult to clean and treat during regular maintenance.
No, even a badly corroded tower can be repaired, prepared and relined in accordance with ACoP L8 guidelines using an industry approved coating such as those supplied and applied by a reputable Company such as COVAC.
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