Staffordshire hotel forced to close after guests contract legionnaires' disease


A Staffordshire hospital has been forced to close after two guests contracted legionnaires’ disease.

Public Health England closed the Three Queens Hotel, in Burton, after legionella pneumophila bacteria was discovered in water samples taken from its plumbing.

The closure comes after a second guest was diagnosed with the disease in September, following the first reported case in January earlier this year.

Both individuals have recovered and are well, according to the Burton Mail.

Dr David Kirrage, a consultant with PHE West Midlands health protection team, said: “Isolated cases of legionella infection are reported to us on a regular basis and investigated as a matter of routine.

“Following the second case of confirmed legionnaires’ disease with a link to the hotel, we liaised with colleagues in the local environmental health team to carry out testing of water systems at the hotel.

The Three Queens Hotel and Lodge which has been temporarily closed after two cases of legionnaire's disease
The Three Queens Hotel and Lodge which has been temporarily closed after two cases of legionnaire’s disease

“On the discovery of the presence of legionella at the hotel, the management implemented public health advice in order to minimise exposure to guests and staff, and closed areas where the bacteria had been detected immediately.

“Following further discussions with Public Health England and the local authorities, the hotel management has been told the premises need to close while a full assessment of the water systems is undertaken and any remedial work necessary is completed.

“Members of the environmental health team will continue to take tests to assess when the various hotel buildings may reopen.”

The hotel is contacting current guests to explain the situation, and guests who stayed at the hotel in the last two weeks to advise them to make contact if they have experienced any symptoms of legionnaires’ disease.

Malcolm Novell, the hotel’s general manager, said: “We are working closely with public health professionals and taking immediate remedial action.

“Once work on our water systems is complete and satisfactory test results have been received from health professionals, we will reopen fully to the public.”

A spokeswoman for Public Health England said the hotel would not be open until the all-clear was given regarding public safety.

She said: “At the moment we can’t give an exact date of when the hotel will be back open because tests are being carried out and that can take time.

“Other surrounding buildings are affected too, so it is going to be closed for at least a week.

“The tests will be carried out as quickly as possible. There is to be a meeting on Monday and, from that, we will have a better idea of what the situation is.”

The spokeswoman added people affected who had booked rooms at the hotel had been informed about the situation.



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