Legionnaires’ disease bacteria discovered in sheltered housing
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Health and also in Communities, Housing, Local Government
The bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease has been discovered in a sheltered housing block in Lincoln.
The 51 elderly residents at St Botolph’s Court are now being provided with safe drinking water and off-site washing facilities while the pipework is chemically flushed and disinfected.
The City of Lincoln Council took the steps after high-readings of the bacteria legionella were found in the water system earlier this week.
John Bibby, the council’s Director of Housing and Community Services, said: “The health and well-being of our residents is the council’s highest priority.
“We understand that they and their families will be concerned, but we have taken these steps to ensure the health of all those living in St Botolph’s Court.”
Resident wishing to bathe during the cleaning works, which are expected to take around 36 hours, will be offered transport by the council to De Wint Court, on De Wint Avenue in the city, where they will be able to access bathing facilities.
Letters have been hand-delivered to all residents in the accommodation, advising them of the best ways to prevent the spread of legionella, such as keeping the toilet seat down, using anti-bacterial wipes and gels for hand washing and not using hot water.
Mr Bibby added: “We have written letters to the residents explaining the situation and have provided bottled water.
“We are taking this matter very seriously and have spoken to individuals living in the building to ensure they have not had any symptoms of ill health over the last few weeks.”