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Birthing pool warning after Legionnaires case

Women have been warned against using a type of heated birthing pool at home after a baby born in one was infected with Legionnaires' disease.

Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England are temporarily advising against the use of pools which have built-in heaters and recirculation pumps and can be filled up two weeks before the birth.

The warning comes after a baby born in the specific type of birthing pool at home was diagnosed with the Legionnaires' lung disease.

It is the first reported case of Legionnaires' disease linked to a birthing pool in England and has left the child in intensive care in hospital, PHE said.

New case of Legionnaires' disease

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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Legionnaires disease: Eight in hospital

Eight patients are now in hospital after an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.

Eight patients remain in hospital and all are in a stable or improving condition. Three patients were well enough to go home today and have been discharged.

– A spokesman for University Hospital of North Staffordshire

We are treating a patient transferred from the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, confirmed with Legionnaires' disease who is in a critical but stable condition.

– A spokesman for Glenfield hospital, Leicester

Health officials: No new cases of Legionnaires' disease in Stoke-on-Trent

Staff at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire say there are no new cases of Legionnaires' Disease to report in Stoke-on-Trent today.

The total number of cases remains at 16.

Eight patients remain in hospital and all are in a stable or improving condition. Three patients were well enough to go home today and have been discharged.

– UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL OF NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE SPOKESPERSON

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Three men in their 70s among the Legionnaire's victims

Seven people are being treated in hospital with Legionnaires' disease in Stoke-on-Trent.

The patients range in age from their late 40s - 75 years old:

  • A man in his 40s
  • A woman in her 50s
  • Two men in their 50s
  • Three men in their 70s

Two of the three men in their seventies are said to be in a stable condition. The other patients are all recovering and improving.

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Third person dies after Legionnaires’ outbreak

The latest reports on the Edinburgh Legionnaires’ outbreak show that a person suspected of having the disease has died.

The individual, a man in his 60s from south west Edinburgh, had been unwell for a period of time, and is considered to be part of the original outbreak.

The Scottish Government have stressed that the outbreak has peaked.

My sincere condolences go to the family and friends of the patient who has passed away and my thoughts are with them at this very difficult time.

Despite this sad and tragic news, is important to stress that strong evidence still suggests that all cases are associated with the suspected period of exposure and that the outbreak has peaked.

– Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon

Cases of Legionnaires' disease up by two

The number of cases of Legionnaires' disease recorded in Edinburgh has risen to 95 - an increase of two since Thursday's most recent update. There are 48 confirmed cases and 47 suspected cases.

Legionnaires' disease is contracted by breathing in small droplets of contaminated water. Credit: ITV News

Two people have died since the first case was identified at the end of May and the authorities are continuing their investigations into the possible source of the outbreak.

The disease is contracted by breathing in small droplets of contaminated water.

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