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Hotel closed after legionella cases revealed

14 September 2017

Following the discovery that two guests had contracted Legionnaires' disease, the Feathers Hotel in Ludlow, Shropshire has closed for water management procedures to be carried out.

According to the BBC, the first guest contracted the disease in April and made a full recovery.

The second guest, a woman in her 60s, had stayed at the hotel in July and died in mid-August.

In addition to closing, the hotel has also written to guests that have stayed recently to advise them on the action to take if they have experienced symptoms of the disease.

Tests carried out by Public Health England (PHE) revealed the presence of legionella bateria and an improvement notice was issued following the April case.

The hotel closed the affected rooms, disinfected the water system and called in heating contractors to examine its boilers and pipework.

PHE West Midlands Health Protection Team consultant Dr David Kirrage said that the results of tests taken after the second test were "indistinguishable from the samples taken from the two cases".

The results of the second test were revealed by the PHE laboratory on 11 September.

"Extensive work is now needed to overhaul and treat the plumbing in such an old building, so that guests can fully enjoy the facilities," said Dr Kirrage.

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