Buildings in Mendip closed by coronavirus face Legionnaires health risk
Shops and offices, hairdressers, hotels, pubs and restaurants, sports centres, gyms, residential buildings and any campsites currently shut down, will be reminded to check and maintain their systems by members of the Council's environmental health team this week.
Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia. It's a lung infection you catch by inhaling droplets of water from the likes of air conditioning units, shower heads or hot tubs. It's not a common disease, but it can be very serious.
Symptoms of Legionnaires' disease are similar to COVID-19 and include high temperature, feverishness and chills, cough, muscle pains, headache, and pneumonia. Its name originates from a deadly 1976 outbreak of the disease at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia.
- For information, businesses can call Mendip's environmental health team 0300 303 8588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Environmental health officers are contacting local businesses direct about the threat, by email and letter. Meanwhile, advice can be found on the Council's website here: COVID-19: Managing Legionella in Building Water Systems
- Guidance and procedures by the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease on how to best manage Legionella in building water systems during the COVID-19 outbreak can be found here: ESGLI Guidance for managing Legionella
- Discover more about the symptoms of Legionnaires' disease: www.hse.gov.uk/legionnaires/symptoms