Legionella risk has hit the headlines in the UK as articles have appeared recently in our press highlighting a possible link to a strain of Legionnaires’ disease ‘across the pond’ at Hugh Hefner’s mansion.
Following a conference party at the famous mansion, health officials are investigating an outbreak of illness. Symptoms were reported as including fever and violent headaches. As a ‘fog machine’ was used at the party, a person who attended the party was quoted as believing that as they were “engulfed in mist” throughout the party, this had made them suspect that they had contracted the disease at the event, particularly as “the disease lives in water”.
However a spokesman for Playboy countered, telling the New York Post “There is no truth in the rumour that anyone caught anything at the Playboy mansion. Nor is there any evidence”.
The event, held for those working in the internet domain name industry had been attended by around 700 people from around the world.
Legionellosis, a milder form of Legionnaires’ can be caused by bacteria that can occur in warm air-conditioning systems. AMES provide legionella risk assessments and control regimes for businesses and premises in the UK including industrial and manufacturing sites, facilities management businesses, NHS & dental surgeries, city councils and food manufacturing sites. Water treatment chemicals can be used in certain water systems including cooling water systems, heating systems, chilled systems, water features and swimming and hydro pools. More information on Legionella risk control services is available here at Legionella risk control uk