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Legionella found at Long Stratton's leisure centre




Long Stratton leisure centre has closed its showers as a precautionary measure following the discovery of legionella in both the male and female showers.

Information provided by the NHS says that for people who are healthy the risk of contracting Legionnaires' disease is extremely low.

However, it is increased for men over the age of 50 and for individuals whose immune system is suppressed and smokers.

Legionella has been discovered in Long Stratton's leisure centre. Picture by Mark Bullimore.
Legionella has been discovered in Long Stratton's leisure centre. Picture by Mark Bullimore.

Legionnaires' disease is a lung infection you can catch by inhaling droplets of water from things like air conditioning or hot tubs.

It's uncommon but can be very serious.

As a strictly precautionary measure, if you have used the leisure centre showers in the last 10 days and are experiencing severe, flu like symptoms you are advised, to consult your doctor.

A spokesman for South Norfolk Council said: "We intend to reopen the showers on Friday, December 6 following a complete system deep clean.

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"We apologise for any inconvenience this causes."


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