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Possible legionnaires' disease case investigated following man's death

11 December 2017

Investigations are being carried out at Lincoln prison following the death of a man suspected to have been caused by legionnaires' disease.

Specialist teams have been called in following the death of the prisoner last week, according to the BBC.

Showers in one win of the Victorian prison have been isolated, awaiting the results of water samples sent for testing.

An independent investigation will also be conducted by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.

No further cases have been reported, with the BBC reporting that it understands that no other prisoners have shown symptoms of the disease.

Lincoln prison can accommodate up to 738 inmates in the four-wing facility.

While vigilance is advised throughout the year, cases of legionnaires' disease are more frequently reported during the warmer months.

This is frequently due to water temperature rising to the point where legionella bacteria are able to multiply.

Following outbreaks of the disease in previous years, the Health and Safety Executive have been targeting facilities with cooling towers in particular, to check that correct procedures are in place to reduce the risk of legionella.

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