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Showers banned after hospital Legionella bacteria alert

The Legionella bacteria has been found on two wards at Leicester General Hospital Credit: PA

Showers have been banned and bottled drinking water provided on two wards at the Leicester General Hospital, after a potentially lethal bug was found in the water supply.

Legionella bacteria on a petri dish of charcoal Credit: PA

The hospital says that routine testing of the water supply has shown that higher than normal levels of Legionella bacteria were present on wards 28 and 29, triggering its safety plan.

The potentially lethal bug can cause a form of pneumonia called Legionnaires.

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Legionnaires' outbreak over

The Health Protection Agency has declared an outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease over in Stoke-on-Trent. Two people died and more than 20 others contracted the disease.

But those affected by the illness are calling for a public inquiry. Giuseppe Orlando says he's angry that medical procedures weren't in place when he sought treatment after becoming ill.

Stoke Legionnaires' outbreak 'over'

The outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Stoke-on-Trent that resulted in 21 cases and two deaths has been declared over by public health experts from the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

Of the two patients in hospital, one is due to be discharged today.

The second is improving and has been transferred from critical care to a ward.

It is 25 days since the probable source - a hot tub on display at JTF Warehouse in Fenton - was decommissioned and health experts no longer expect to see cases associated with this outbreak.

Another case of Legionnaires' Disease

Source of Legionnaires' outbreak believed to be JTF Discount Warehouse in Stoke Credit: ITV Central

Another case of Legionnaires' disease has been confirmed in Stoke-on-Trent following an outbreak in the city thought to be linked to a hot tub.

The Health Protection Agency said the latest case brings the total to 21. The patient, who is being treated at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, is a man in his 70s.

Two patients being treated for the disease since the spate of illnesses began in the middle of July have died.

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Second death in Stoke-on-Trent Legionnaires' outbreak

The University Hospital of North Staffordshire where the man was being treated Credit: ITV Central

A second person has died after an outbreak of Legionnaires disease in Stoke-on-Trent.

A man in his seventies who was being treated at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire died on Saturday.

Health officials say the probable source of the outbreak was a hot tub on display at the JTF Discount Warehouse in Fenton in Stoke on Trent.

Legionnaires' cases hit 20

The Health Protection Agency has confirmed that another case of Legionnaires' disease has been identified, in connection with the outbreak at Stoke on Trent.

It brings the number of confirmed cases from 19 to 20. The latest patient has been discharged from hospital and is recovering at home.

According to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, three patients remain in a stable condition in hospital.

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