Category Archives: Water analysis – biological contamination

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Safe drinking water, medical uses (e.g. dialysis), recreational water and recycled water.
Identification of bacterial, parasitic and viral pathogens in Queensland water supplies.
Cryptosporidium | Giardia | Clostridium | Legionnella.
Water quality in relation to Spa pools | Swimming pools | Coliform bacteria | Faecal coliforms.
Waterborne disease outbreaks | Epidemiology.
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Legionella scare prompts hospital water review

AWA Source 18 January 2016

The rediscovery of legionella pneumophilia at a Queensland hospital where two patients have died from Legionnaires’ disease has prompted the creation of an expert panel to review its water management.

[Refers to the Courier Mail report]

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Flying squad to fight killer hospital bug

Courier Mail Jackie Sinnerton 16 January 2016 page 9

A highly trained rescue team will be flown in from around the world to a beleaguered Brisbane hospital in a bid to control a persistent deadly strain of Legionella pneumophila.

An expert panel is being sourced from both Australia and overseas including a legionella expert nominated by Qld Health.

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Independent review to examine water management at Wesley Hospital after legionella pneumophila detected

The Courier Mail 13 January 2016

AN INDEPENDENT expert panel will review water management at the Wesley Hospital after tests showed the same strain of legionella pneumophila that killed a man in 2013 was found in a ­patient and an ice machine.

The hospital has already been working closely with infection-control specialists since the deadly outbreak two years ago to avoid a repeat of the crisis that brought the health facility to its knees.

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Toxic chemicals washed into Yarra River by Parks Victoria, report reveals

ABC News 10 January 2016

Victoria’s Opposition says it has obtained a report that shows toxic chemicals have been washed into the Yarra River by Parks Victoria.

The report, obtained under Freedom of Information laws, revealed the chemicals were going into the river at Warrandyte, where Parks Victoria mixed herbicides on site and washed containers that had stored chemicals.

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Brisbane hospital ice machine tests positive for legionella pneumophila following patient diagnosis

ABC News 2 January 2016

Queensland Health is testing a Brisbane hospital’s water supply after a patient reportedly tested positive for the deadly legionella pneumophila bacteria.  “A full scientific investigation of the water supply is underway to determine where exposure to the legionella bacteria may have occurred.”

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Greywater reuse for irrigation is safe — Ben-Gurion U. Zuckerberg Institute study

(American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev 16 December 2015) The study, published in the online journal Science of the Total Environment (Elsevier), determined that there was no additional incidence of gastroenteritis or water-related diseases caused by use of treated greywater in gardens, even when compared to tap water and other irrigation water sources. In fact, the rate of illnesses was found to be lower with the treated greywater than from the control group at times.

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