Legionella found in Cramond Primary School water

Andrew Mather hailed the prompt action. Picture: Dan Phillips
Andrew Mather hailed the prompt action. Picture: Dan Phillips
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PARENTS at a city primary have been warned to watch out for legionella symptoms after the bacteria was found in the school’s water supply.

Parents of children at Cramond Primary School were e-mailed on Friday morning to warn them to be on the look out for legionella 
symptoms.

Improvements were ordered to the water works at the school following the discovery.

It came as two people remain seriously ill in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with a rare legionella bug which was found in 
compost.

Two others who also had the bug within the last two months have been discharged from hospital.

The only link between the cases is that they are all are gardeners. Experts are trying to discover why legionella longbeachae, which has produced fewer than ten cases in Scotland in the past five years, should suddenly spark four cases in Lothian.

A spokesman for the council said: “A test of the water supply at Cramond Primary School on Thursday, September 12 showed evidence of legionella.

“Standard council legionella control procedures were implemented with a full disinfection of the water supply carried out on Thursday evening and the matter is now resolved.

“The potential risk to health was low at the time of the initial test. As a precaution and for reassurance, continued monitoring of the situation will continue.

“Remedial improvement works on the water systems in the school are currently in progress and the school will be open as normal.”

The chair of Cramond Community Council said he was pleased to hear that swift action had been taken.

Andrew Mather, whose granddaughter attends the school, said: “It seems like the proper action has been carried out and I’m delighted that it has been done so promptly.”

Cargilfield Prep School in Barnton will be shut until tomorrow after a staff member reported suffering symptoms of the disease.

A spokeswoman for the Health and Safety Executive said that the suspected case was not thought to be connected to the cases involving compost.

She added: “We are working with Edinburgh City Council on our initial inquiries and two of our inspectors have attended the site.”

Symptoms of legionnaires’ disease are similar to the symptoms of flu, with high temperature, feverishness and chills, coughing, muscle pains, headache, diarrhoea and signs of mental confusion.

Because it is similar to flu it is not always easy to diagnose, but when doctors are aware the illness is present in the local community they have a better chance of diagnosing it early.

See also:

Bid to find source of Lothians legionella outbreak

Two in hospital in ‘compost’ legionella scare