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Legionella deaths lead to manslaughter charge

25 May 2016

An investigation triggered by the deaths of three people from Legionnaires' disease traced the outbreak to a hot tub on display at a DIY store in Staffordshire.

It was found that the three deceased had all visited the JTF store and tests showed the hot tub contained the same strain of bacteria as the victims, according to the Daily Mail.

There has been increasing concern over the lack of care given to hot tubs, following other outbreaks linked to them in a variety of settings.

The investigation was conducted by the Health Protection Agency and the case provides the FM sector with further evidence of the need to follow water treatment and management guidelines.

Criticism of the JTF store case was expressed by a coroner recently, following the Crown Prosecution Service and police delaying action for three years on the decision to prosecute the company concerned.

There has never been a full inquest and grieving relatives are still awaiting answers.

However, a pre-inquest review held last week revealed that corporate manslaughter charges will now be brought over the deaths of two of the victims.

The CPS ruled there is not sufficient evidence to bring similar charges over the death of the third victim, said the Daily Mail.

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