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Legionella closes swimming pool for second time

14 December 2016

Another sports facility has been forced to close after legionella bacteria was found within the facility.

It is the second time this year that Castleton Swimming Pool has been forced to close for this reason, according to Rochdale News, and follows the closure of the Walton-on-the-Naze leisure facility last week for the same reason.

The Castleton Swimming Pool legionella discovery was made during routing testing, said Rochdale Borough Council director of public health and wellbeing Andrea Fallon.

"Low levels" of the bacteria were discovered in the mens' showers and Ms Fallon said the closure is likely to continue until after the Christmas period while further testing and investigations are conducted.

“Public Health England have been informed as a further precautionary measure and we have been assured that the risk of Legionnaire’s disease to pool users is low," Ms Fallon continued.

"However, we are advising users of the pool to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease and contact their GP or NHS 111 should they have any concerns about their health."

Ms Fallon further explained that a full disinfection had been undertaken following the centre's discovery of legionella bacteria last May, with control measures increased.

Actions included daily flushing of all water outlets, in line with Public Health England recommended practice.

"The plumbing system will be assessed to determine if repairs are necessary to prevent any future issues,” she said.

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