Opinion

OPINION: Hervey Bay needs to be aware of legionella

LEGIONELLA is a huge problem for health facilities - not just in Hervey Bay, but globally.

There is a coincidence in that it has occurred twice at Hervey Bay, but that does not necessarily mean there is a correlation.

It's been caught at the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane earlier this month, then at Princess Alexandra hospital, and was found at Charleville Hospital in March last year - and that's just in Queensland, in the past year.

Several years ago it was also found at Logan, Ipswich, Gold Coast and QEII hospitals in quick succession.

The reason that it is detected in these health facilities is simply because they test for it regularly. But just because it's not a problem unique to Hervey Bay Hospital, that does not mean the issue should be swept under the carpet.

It is a serious health concern, particularly for people with compromised immune systems, such as cancer patients.

In a hospital, that can spell disaster.

People need to be alert to the risks if they have been near water at that facility.

Given the problem has recurred in two different systems at the hospital in such a short time span, investigation is needed to rule out anything sinister in our water supply.

Topics:  fraser coast, legionella, princess alexandra hospital




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Robertson overwhelmed with support since serious crash

Family thankful for messages of love and support after horror crash.

Bay car park now free after drawing low revenue during trial

TIME'S UP: Fraser Coast Councillor David Lewis stands beside the now-obsolete ticket machine in the Main St/Charles St car park in Pialba.

Council takes vote to make the changes.

Leaders debate: More reality on House Rules, Masterchef

Leadership debate between Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten too dull

Latest deals and offers

Barnaby Joyce talks Johnny Depp's dogs in Tweed

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce talks about Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo...

Billy Slater talks Origin Team

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater.

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater talks about this years team and his return to...

Road rage caught on Dashcam

Attack with a baseball bat caught on Dashcam

Video of a violent road rage incident in Orange last December.

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked