ABC News Stephanie Smail 27 May 2015
The family of a man killed by legionnaire’s disease in a Queensland hospital has demanded improvements in the way the deadly bacteria is managed.
John Pearson, 60, died after contracting the disease from a shower at Brisbane’s Wesley Hospital in 2013.
Queensland Health said hospitals had ramped up water checks since his death.
But his daughter, Rachel Pearson, has argued a recent scare at the Hervey Bay Hospital in the Wide Bay region was a warning sign more should be done.
(University of Georgia 20 May 2015) Researchers have developed a way to predict which species of rodents are likeliest to be sources of new disease outbreaks in humans. The findings could help public health officials take a more preemptive approach to disease surveillance, prevention and control.
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News.com.au Peter Hall May 22, 2015
HERVEY Bay Hospital has put GPs on alert for any recently discharged patients showing pneumonia-like symptoms as precautions are stepped up in the wake of a legionella scare.
This follows confirmation from Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service chief executive Adrian Pennington that the bacteria had been found in the hospital and in a man who died at the facility last month.
The case has prompted a review of random testing procedures which are currently carried out monthly at health facilities in the region.
Read more: http://www.news.com.au/national/queensland/gps-on-alert-for-pneumonia-like-symptoms-after-legionella-found-at-hervey-bay-hospital/story-fnii5v6w-1227364206392
Townsville Bulletin ANTHONY GALLOWAY May 21, 2015
TOWNSVILLE’S biosecurity laboratory looks set to be reinstated after being shut down by the previous LNP Government.
Queensland’s Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne told the Queensland Parliament this morning there was a need to invest in new biosecurity laboratory facilities in North Queensland and he has raised the matter with his Federal counterpart Barnaby Joyce.
Mr Byrne confirmed he had written to Mr Joyce and intended to ask for Federal Government support when they meet at the Agriculture Minister’s meeting in Sydney on Friday.
Brisbane Times May 20, 2015
Patients have been told to only drink bottled water and avoid the showers at Hervey Bay Hospital after tests confirmed legionella in its water supply.
A patient who died at the facility was found to have legionella on April 20, prompting further checks in addition to the hospital’s routine water testing.
On Wednesday, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service chief executive Adrian Pennington confirmed the bacteria had been found in the hospital and said the man’s cause of death was still being investigated, as well as the source of his legionella.
ABC news report: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-20/legionella-bacteria-found-at-hervey-bay-hospital-in-southern-qld/6485422
Fraser Coast Chronicle news report: http://www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/news/legionella-at-hospital-legionella-confirmed/2645802/
The Courier Mail report: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/legionnaires-disease-scare-at-hervey-bay-hospital/story-fnihsrf2-1227362053419?from=public_rss
Gold Coast Bulletin | May 19, 2015 | Meagan Weymes
A BRAZILIAN restaurant found to be in an “appalling” condition has been fined $10,000 for failing to comply with food safety standards.
Cockroach faeces were found on the ceiling and wall in addition to a rodent trap with a build up of food when council officers inspected the Surfers Paradise restaurant, A Carne Churrascaria, in August last year. Continue reading…