Wantage’s hospital beds to close due to legionella

The remaining hospital beds at Wantage Hospital will be closing in the coming days due to fears of a legionella outbreak in the water system.

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The bacterium legionella pneumophila and related bacteria are common in natural water sources such as rivers, lakes and reservoirs, but usually in low numbers. They may also be found in purpose-built water systems such as cooling towers, evaporative condensers, hot and cold water systems and spa pools.

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