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Fourth case of Legionnaires' disease suspected at South Tyneside Factory

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:

Our first priority is to protect the health of factory workers and local residents. We are not aware of any new cases infected since the factory took action to treat and disinfect water sources,but we are continuing to work closely with HSE and PHE to confirm and control any possible sources of infection on the factory site.

– Amanda Healy, Director of Public Health for South Tyneside Council

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Runners launch Morrisons Great North 10k

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.

Labour take control of Redcar Council

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

Cabinet:

  • 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

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