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Legionella closes second hotel following guests' illness

10 October 2017

Public Health England (PHE) has closed the Three Queens Hotel in Burton, Staffordshire, after tests were conducted resulting from two guests contracting legionnaires' disease.

With the first instance reported in January, the second occurred last month and tests revealed the presence of legionella pneumophila bacteria, according to the Stoke Sentinel.

It was also reported that both guests had recovered and were in good health.

PHE West Midlands health protection team consultant Dr David Kirrage said reports of legionella infection are invested by the PHE "as a matter of routine".

"Following the second case of confirmed legionnaires' disease with a link to the hotel, we liaised with colleagues in the local environmental health team to carry out testing of water systems at the hotel," he said.

Further discussions resulted in the closure of the hotel to allow a full assessment of its water system and for any required remedial work to be carried out.

"Members of the environmental health team will continue to take tests to assess when the various hotel buildings may reopen," said Dr Kirrage.

Guests are being advised of the situation and those staying with the hotel recently are being advised to make contact if they have experienced legionnaires' disease symptoms.

The hotel closure is the second in successive months due to legionella infection, following a similar incident in The Feathers Hotel in Ludlow, Shropshire.

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