No tests done on those exposed to legionella

THE Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service says there is no need to test those exposed to legionella bacteria in their Oral Health and Cancer Care Centres.

The dangerous bacteria was found in two hot water taps on January 20, and again in two cold water taps on February 4.

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While patients, guests and staff used the infected taps, a WBHHS spokesman said there was no point testing exposed people until they presented with symptoms of legionellosis.

"The WBHHS has assessed the risk to patients and staff as very low and implemented protective measures," the spokesman said.

"Legionella does not have a human carrier state so there is no need to test people who do not have symptoms of legionellosis."

The WBHHS Public Health Unit said they were unaware of anyone who had displayed any symptoms or anyone who had been tested for legionellosis.

"Patients and staff at the centre have received information on legionella and the current precautionary action being undertaken by the WBHHS," he said.

"If any patient or staff member presents as unwell and displays symptoms they should be assessed. This is considered unlikely due to the minimal risk involved."

As this is a reportable disease all laboratory confirmed cases are reported to the Wide Bay Public Health Unit.



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