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New cases of Legionnaires' confirmed at Kent NHS trust

Published on 13/08/2009
The Health Protection Agency is continuing its investigation of an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Kent after two new cases were confirmed at an NHS hospital in the county.

So far, five cases of the disease have been found, with one person, 50-year-old Kevin Carroll dying last week.

One of the new patients had reportedly been an inpatient at William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, reports revealed.

Members of staff at the hospital, which is run by the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Trust, have been disinfecting showers and baths, while the water system was also flushed out.

However, such an outbreak, in addition to cases of superbugs, could convince more people to pay for treatment at a private facility using medical insurance.

The Kent Health Protection Unit's director Dr Mathi Chandrakumar said: "We are working closely with our partners in the NHS to try and identify the source of these infections."

Earlier this month, meanwhile, the Royal Liverpool Hospital accepted liability in court for poisoning two patients through a series of blood transfusions, the BBC reported.
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