Starship water system reviewed after Legionella outbreak

The bacteria. Photo / Thinkstock
The bacteria. Photo / Thinkstock

Auckland District Health Board is reviewing its water system screening following an outbreak of Legionella at Starship Children's Hospital.

A child is still in intensive care at the hospital in a critical condition after contracting the disease last month.

Despite extensive testing at the hospital no other cases had been detected, according to chief medical officer Margaret Willsher.

"As a result of our investigations we have found that our water system was not functioning as intended."

Dr Willsher said Auckland DHB was reviewing its routine water screening.


© Copyright 2014, APN New Zealand Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production bpcf05 at 27 Dec 2014 14:01:59 Processing Time: 459ms