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.