Health experts investigating a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at a South Tyneside factory have found the potentially fatal bug in two cooling towers on site, the Shields Gazette has reported.
Four workers at Faltec Europe and a resident whose home overlooks the factory at Boldon Business Park have contracted the disease since last October, with four of the cases occurring over the past two months.
All cooling towers at the firm’s base were closed yesterday and were replaced with sealed water chiller units that do not present a risk of spreading the infection.
Combatting Legionella & Water Treatment conference
The 12th Annual Combatting Legionella & Water Treatment conference will take place on 29-30 September at Aston Villa Park in Birmingham.
A comprehensive and cutting-edge event, the conference ensures engineering and facilities management teams are able to prevent legionella bacteria from developing and comply with water safety regulations.