Fatal water bug: 8 still in hospital

Fatal water bug: 8 still in hospital - news from TechRight Environmental, Water Hygiene & Legionella Control Services, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

 30 July 2012 

Doctors were yesterday still treating eight people in hospital for ­Legionnaires' disease after one patient died over the weekend.

In total, 16 people were caught up in the scare when the deadly water bug took hold last week.

No details have been released about the patient who died or whether the disease was the cause.

Three other people have been discharged and no other cases were recorded by the Health Protection Agency yesterday.

A spokesman for ­University Hospital of North Staffordshire said: "Eight patients remain in hospital. All are in a stable or improving condition.

"Three patients were well enough to go home today and have been discharged."

One has been moved to a unit at Glenfield hospital, Leicester, in a critical but stable condition.

A spokesman for Glenfield hospital, Leicester, said: "We are treating a patient transferred from the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, confirmed with Legionnaires' disease who is in a critical but stable condition."

All those affected in the outbreak, which has centred around Stoke, are aged between their late 40s and mid-70s.

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