A suspected fourth case of Legionnaires' disease has been identified at a factory in Boldon, South Tyneside.
Evidence suggests that the latest case acquired the infection before the control measures were put in place at the factory during the weekend of the 17th May.
The suspected case was treated in hospital but has since been discharged and is recovering at home.
The first three confirmed cases are people who have worked at the Faltec Ltd factory in South Tyneside and the fourth is a resident whose garden overlooks the factory boundary.
Dr Tricia Cresswell of the North East PHE Centre said: ‘We are working closely with South Tyneside Council and the HSE to investigate potential sources of infection and the company is co-operating fully with the investigation.
She added that a range of actions have already been taken by the company to treat and disinfect possible sources of the infection, including cooling towers and other water systems.
Legionnaires’ disease does not spread from person to person and can only be contracted from the source of the contaminated water.
Staff have been advised to contact their GP if they develop a chest infection or other respiratory symptoms.
Amanda Healy, Director of Public Health for South Tyneside Council said:
The editor of A Love Supreme, Martyn McFadden, hopes, after three managers in just over two years, the club can now build and progress:
ITV Sport presenter Ned Boulting says Durham has become an 'iconic' part of the British cycling calendar.
Round Five of the The Pearl Izumi Series Tour takes place in the city centre at 7:30pm tonight. Boulting heaped praise on Durham ahead of the event.
Martyn McFadden, editor of Sunderland fanzine A Love Supreme, says former manager Dick Advocaat will always be fondly remembered by fans. The Dutchman stepped down after helping the club avoid relegation:
Runners and charity fundraisers gathered in Gateshead International Stadium today to launch the Morrisons Great North 10k Gateshead.
The North East’s biggest 10k running event will return on Sunday 5 July, with up to five-thousand runners crossing the finish line on the track inside the stadium.
Now in its seventh year, the 10k will once again take in iconic landmarks on the Quayside including Sage Gateshead, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
Stockton South MPJames Wharton (Conservative) watched on today as Labour took control of Redcar & Cleveland Council.
Labour were one short of a majority in the local election on May 7th but have claimed key cabinet positions at today's Annual Meeting, including the leadership and all seven cabinet roles.
Tory, Lib Dem and Independent councillors - who were elected on an anti-Labour ticket - had attempted to form a rainbow coalition.
Labour secured control after Independent Ann Higgins voted for Labour councillor Brenda Forster as mayor. The new mayor holds a casting vote.
In a statement, Cllr Higgins said: "Having worked alongside members on both sides of the chamber, I have had to make the difficult decision on who I thought would carry out their role with the utmost integrity (sic). I haven't gone over to Labour, I haven't gone to the coalition I'm still totally independent."
A list of the new cabinet is below.
- Mayor - Cllr Brenda Forster
- Deputy Mayor - Cllr Neil Bendelow
- Leader - Cllr Sue Jeffrey
- Deputy leader -Cllr Dave Walsh
- Adults (and deputy leader) - Cllr Dave Walsh
- Children - Cllr Craig Hannaway
- Economic Growth -Cllr Dale Quigley
- Health and Housing- Cllr Lynn Pallister
- Jobs, Skills & Leisure - Cllr Carl Quartermain
- Neighbourhoods - Cllr Helen McLuckie
- Resources - Cllr Christopher Massey
The mother of a baby boy found on a doorstep in County Durham has been traced. Police say that they received a phone call from a woman claiming to be the child’s mother.
The baby, who has been named Jack by staff at North Tees Hospital, was discovered in the early hours in Emerson Court.