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Suspected Legionnaires patient cleared

UPDATE: Officials at the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane breathed a sigh of relief when tests for legionnaires disease on a suspected third victim showed their concerns to be unfounded.

Earlier in the day doctors had started to treat the man for the disease as a precautionary measure after preliminary tests indicated he could be infected.

Dr Luis Prado, the Director of Medical Services at the hospital, said the man, who has been a patient at the hospital since March, would require further testing in the coming weeks and would be closely monitored for symptoms.

The hospital is still at pains to explain the outbreak of legionnaires but has been flushing out its hot water systems which have been cited by experts as one possible cause.

The 136 patients still at the hospital were moved into the East Wing yesterday to allow the hot water system in other areas of the hospital to be inspected and cleaned.

The system supplying the East Wing has already been cleaned but UnitingCare Health Executive Director Richard Royle said the showers would remain offline until next week with patients using bath kits instead.

"I know this continues to be inconvenient for our current patients," he said.

"As a gesture of our appreciation for their patience we will refund any hospital excess or co-payment patients may have paid during their current stay."

On Wednesday John Pearson, who died on June 2 after contracting the disease while receiving cancer treatment at the hospital, was farewelled in a private service at St Paul's Presbyterian Church in Brisbane.

The bacteria indicating the disease was found in the taps of the room used by Mr Pearson but the hospital is still awaiting tests on the taps of the room used by the second victim, a 46-year-old woman, who remains in intensive care.

 

EARLIER: The Wesley hospital is investigating the possibility of a third case of Legionnaire's disease with tests being conducted on a male patient who has been receiving treatment at the facility since March.

Doctors have confirmed the results are expected in the next day but preliminary tests returned by the patient who is in a different building from the other  two cases, has prompted the hospital to take action.

"The patient is showing no symptoms of Legionnaires disease. However, we are starting treatment as a precaution," said  Director of Medical Services Dr Luis Prado.

"This preliminary test may remain positive for a year and therefore does not indicate when or where the patient contracted the disease."

The news comes a day after John Pearson, who died on June 2 after contracting the disease while receiving cancer treatment at the hospital, was farewelled in a private service at St Paul's Presbyterian Church in Brisbane.

The hospital is still at pains to explain the outbreak but has been flushing out its hot water systems which have been cited by experts as one possible cause.

The bacteria indicating the disease was found in the taps of the room used by Mr Pearson but the hospital is still awaiting tests on the taps of the room used by the second victim, a 46-year-old woman, who remains in intensive care.

The hospital remains on emergency bypass and is refusing any new admissions.


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