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Legionnaire's death inquest unable to identify source

A post-mortem examination conducted on Roy Ninnis, who died from a serious lung infection earlier this year caused by Legionella bacteria, and the subsequent inquest has been unable to identify the source of the initial infection.

Conducted at Burnley Coroner’s Court, the inquest was told that suspicion initially focused on Mr NInnis’ motor home, as he had fallen ill on his return from a visit to the vehicle.

However, tests carried out by Environmental Health officers found no traces of Legionella and Mr Ninnis’ partner Elaine Astley, who had also visited the motor home, suffered no ill effects.

It was concluded that Mr Ninnis died from natural causes, although East Lancashire Coroner Richard Taylor said the death “remains a mystery”, according to the Blackburn Express.

The post-mortem examinaton was conducted by pathologist Dr Richard Prescott, who stated that Mr Ninnis suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which made him more susceptible to Legionella.

Mr Ninnis, of Huntroyde Close, Blackburn, was initially diagnosed as suffering from pneumonia before tests showed the Legionella-related infection.

He did not respond to antibiotics and died at the Royal Blackburn Hospital on 7 July.