Legionella tests come back clear of disease

FINAL tests for legionella in water samples from public health facilities across Wide Bay have come back clear of the disease.

Wide Bay Hospital Health Service Director and Public Health Physician Dr Margaret Young said policies and procedures had been improved to guard against the risk of legionella contamination.

These procedures included regular flushing programs at each hospital and health facility.

"There were a few low-level positive samples returned from infrequently used shower heads and we acted straight away to replace heads and hoses and flush the system," Dr Young said.

"There were low to moderate level counts of legionella found in shower heads at Yaralla Nursing Home, the Mount Perry health facility, Gin Gin and Hervey Bay hospitals. Shower heads and hoses were replaced and plumbing lines flushed."

All samples taken from Bundaberg, Maryborough, Childers, Biggenden, Gayndah, Monto, Eidsvold, and Mundubbera health facilities were clear.



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